Mourning Death Brings More Death: Triple Blast In Kabul Takes Lives Of People At Funeral

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Three suicide bombers have killed at least 12 people and injured another 90 at a funeral of a man who died during a protest on Friday in Kabul, Afghan officials say.

Triple blasts hit mourners at a cemetery in the Khair Khana district and were left with bloodied bodies and dismembered limbs on the ground as smoke filled the air. Abdullah Abdullah, the chief executive of Afghanistan, was one of the several politicians who survived the blasts as they gathered for the funeral of Salim Ezadyar, the son of a senior Afghan Senator. He expressed his surprise at how the suicide bombers who detonated their vests at the start of the prayers broke into the high-profile funeral and demanded an investigation into the matter.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the atrocity by either Taliban or ISIS according to Independent. The Taliban denied involvement and said it did not carry out the funeral bombings. The Islamic State militants have refrained from any comment but have been attempting to expand its presence in Afghanistan, claiming a separate bombing on Wednesday in Jalalabad that killed a Taliban member, and has called for increased global terror attacks during Ramadan.

The Taliban has been intensifying its insurgency since the partial withdrawal of international troops in 2014, gaining ground to contest or hold around 40 per cent of Afghanistan.