President regrets twin explosions in Kabul rally
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Saturday condemned the twin explosion in the rally in capital Kabul and ordered government institutions to use all resources for the rehabilitation of wounded persons.
At least 61 people were killed and 207 others wounded in twin explosions on Saturday in a mammoth rally staged by the Hazara minority in capital Kabul asking for change in the route of multi-billion electricity project.
A statement from Presidential Palace said the president was shocked and was saddened after hearing about two huge explosions in a peaceful rally.
“Peaceful demonstration was the right of every citizen and the government made all arrangements to ensure the security and safety of protesters,” the statement quoted the president as saying.
The president said despite strict security measures the terrorist managed to enter to the rally and carry out the explosions which resulted in the killing and injuring of innocent people including security officials.
Mohammad Ismael Kawasi, head of the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) media office, confirmed 61 dead and 207 hurt in the explosions which took place in middle of the rally at around 2:30 pm.
Security forces cordoned off the site of explosion and no one was allowed to get closed.
Luqman, one of the rally participants, told Pajhwok Afghan News one explosion happened near the Barikot Cinema and the second occurred in Demazang Square.
Ghani directed government institutions concerned to use all necessary arrangements to make sure the speedy recovery of wounded persons. He advised to shift the critical injured to the top health facilities such as Daud Khan Hospital, NDS health facility and others.
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