Scores mourn blast victims at Kabul candlelight vigil
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of residents on Sunday held candlelight vigil for victims of blast that rocked Shah Shaheed locality of capital Kabul.
A suicide bomber smashed his explosive-laden vehicle into the building of National Directorate of Security (NDS) office close to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Kabul early Friday, leaving 15 persons dead and 283 wounded, the president's national security advisor said.
The explosion was so powerful that it jolted several parts of capital Kabul. The blast took place at around 1:00 am, an official said.
Media quoted senior official as saying that Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) was detonated near Shah Shaheed area. The official feared the blast inflicted heavy men and material losses.
Hundreds of residents, including women and youths, held candlelight vigil for victims of the incidents last night.
A civil society activist Khushal Khalil told Pajhwok Afghan News the campaign was coordinated Kabul youths through Facebook social media network.
He said the gathering was scheduled for 7: 00 pm in the 8th police district where a large number of residents had joined the memorial ceremony.
All the participants prayed for the departed soul of those killed in the carnage and conveyed their sympathies with the bereaved families, he added.
All the participants chanted anti-Pakistan slogans, accusing Islamabad of orchestrating the recent attacks. The participants also set the Pakistani flag on fire.
One of the participants Lutif Ahmad told media that Pakistan was engaged in an undeclared war with Afghanistan till now, but now Pakistan declared the war against Afghans openly.
The participants demanded the United Nations and United States to make their positions clear about Pakistan’s policies and target the terrorists’ hideouts in that country.
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