Kabul carnage: Protesters in Bamyan close airport gate
BAMYAN (Pajhwok): The relatives of those killed and wounded in twin suicide attacks in Kabul on Saturday closed the entrance to the airport in central Bamyan province in reaction to the attack.
The twin blasts ripped through crowds of people who had gathered to protest a change in the route of a multimillion dollar and transnational power line in Kabul, killing at least 80 people and injuring 231.
Hundreds of people, including relatives of the victims and civil society activists, shut the airport gate in Bamyan city, the provincial capital, in reaction.
Civil society activist, Abdul Wahid Danishyar, told Pajhwok Afghan News they closed the airport road after they came to know about the incident in Kabul. He said they closed the airport gate in order to prevent the higher education and public health ministers from reaching Kabul.
He said the Cabinet had decided to route the 500kv power line (TUTAP) through the Salang district rather than Bamyan and that was why they would not allow the two ministers to reach Kabul from Bamyan.
Another civil society activist, Zahid Ihsas, said after the attack in Kabul, they arrived at the airport to ask about the bloodshed of their people.
Bamyan deputy police chief Mohammad Ali Lakzai said a large number of people had erected tents on the road to the airport since 5pm. He urged the protestors to shift their tents away from the entrance to the airport.
He said the public health and the higher education ministers had already returned to Kabul.
But another source said Public Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz had reached Kabul but Higher Education Minister Farida Momand was still in Bamyan due to the blockade.
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