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Kabul blast: Deadly explosions at protest victim’s funeral

Kabul blast: Deadly explosions at protest victim's funeral

People run after an explosion during the funeral of one of the victims of the violent protests in Kabul Kabul blast: Deadly explosions at protest victim's funeral

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People run after the explosion at the funeral

Explosions at the funeral in Kabul of a man who died during a protest on Friday have killed at least six people and injured dozens, officials say.

The blasts hit the funeral of a senator's son, one of five people killed when police fired on a protest against deteriorating security.

The chief executive of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah, was at the funeral. His office said he was unhurt.

The latest violence came as much of Kabul is in lockdown.

Officials had warned people to stay away from demonstrations, saying they might be attacked by militants. Checkpoints have been set up in central of Kabul, and armoured vehicles are patrolling the streets.

It was not clear what caused the three explosions at the funeral, and no group has said it was behind them. At least 87 people were wounded, the health ministry said.

Some reports suggest the number of dead could be higher than six.

Pictures on social media showed a number of dead bodies at the scene. A witness told AFP news agency that "people were blown to pieces".

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Afghan police were sent to the cemetery where the explosions happened

Friday's protest followed a bomb attack on Wednesday which killed 90 people in the city's diplomatic district. No group has said it carried out the attack.

The diplomatic district, which includes the presidential palace and many embassies, is blocked off and patrolled by armoured vehicles.

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