ISLAMABAD - Afghan officials say a suicide attacker detonated his explosive laden vest near a check post in front of Isteqlal high school in central Kabul early Monday afternoon, close to a site where a demonstration had broken up less than an hour before the blast. So far, no group has taken responsibility.
At least six people were killed, including three women, two men and a member of the military. At least 20 others were wounded.
Hundreds of people had gathered in the area earlier in the day to protest the lack of security in two Afghan provinces, Ghazni and Uruzgan, especially in districts populated mostly by the Shiite Hazara minority.
The protest started spontaneously by a few people Sunday night, according to ToloNews, an Afghan TV channel, but numbers swelled to hundreds by Monday morning.
The protesters dispersed after President Ashraf Ghani spoke to them over the phone and assured them of sending reinforcement to Malistan and Jaghori district of the Ghazni province.
Meanwhile, officials in another Afghan province Farah say around 30 local policemen and four civilians were killed and several others wounded in a Taliban attack on police out posts in Khak e Afghan district last night. Taliban also took four policemen with them as hostages. Dadullah Qani, a member of Farah provincial council, said children and women were also among the casualties.