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National flag to fly half-mast on Friday & Saturday

National flag to fly half-mast on Friday & Saturday

Apr 21, 2016 - 17:17

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has said the national flag will fly half-mast on Friday and Saturday as a token of mourning for the victims of Tuesday’s suicide bombing in the Kabul.

At least 64 people were killed and 347 wounded in the car bomb attack on the VIP protection unit in the 16th police district of the capital.

Ghani’s deputy spokesman Dawa Khan Minapal told a press conference here on Thursday the flag would be hoisted at half-mast tomorrow.

After Juma congregations, special prayers would be offered for the victims, he said, adding the flag would fly half-mast at all offices in the country and Afghan diplomatic missions abroad.

However, a presidential decree stated that the flag will fly half-mast on Friday and Saturday. Holy Quraninfo-icon would be recited in all mosques and headquarters of the security forces and government departments across the country.

Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) spokeswoman Manizha Yousufzada said over the past two days nearly three million cc of blood had been donated for the victims of the bombing in 18 provinces of the country.

According to Minapal, the government has commenced the process of assisting the injured and victims’ families. All hospitals have been directed to provide the best possible treatment for the wounded.

A delegation has been appointed to investigate the issue and share its findings with the Presidential Palace, he added.

On the basis of a report aired by Tolo News, a Mazda truck loaded with explosives entered the Haji Mohammad Naeem Kochi market before the militants attacked the premier security agency.


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