Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN)Seven people were killed and 119 others wounded Saturday in a trio of suicide bombings during the funeral of a protester killed a day earlier in anti-government demonstrations in the capital city, Afghan officials said.
“Three big bangs” went off at the funeral of Salem Izadyar, the son of Mohammad Alam Izadyar, the first deputy chairman of the Afghan Senate, a witness told CNN.
The blasts owed to three suicide bombings, said the government’s chief executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, who attended the funeral and tweeted that he was not harmed in the attack. Abdullah described the incident on TV, Sune Engel Rasmussen of The Guardian said on CNN.
Lawmakers and high-profile government officials attended the funeral, including officials from Mohammad Alam Izadyar’s Jamiat-e Islami party, Rasmussen said. Jamiat is a largely Tajik political movement and an adversary of the Taliban.
‘Bring terrorists to justice’
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said he and Abdullah “share a commitment” to “bring terrorists to justice.” The men are the leaders of Afghanistan’s national unity government.
“The country is under attack. We must be strong and united,” Ghani said on Twitter.
“There have been too many martyrs, and too much blood spilt,” Ghani said in another tweet. “I grieve with the widows and orphans, and pray for those lost.”
Meantime, a former Afghan intelligence chief, Amrullah Saleh, lashed out at the government for its failure to protect the funeral.
Salem Izadyar died at a hospital after he was injured Friday in anti-government protests in Kabul, Afghan media reported.
At least four people died in the protests as demonstrators hurled stones and Afghan police fired bullets into the air in an attempt to disperse crowds.
In recent months, the security situation in Kabul and throughout Afghanistan has worsened, heightening residents’ anxiety and despair.
The uptick in violence this week coincides with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a time of fasting and contemplation. The Taliban claimed responsibility at the start of the holy period for a car bombing that killed at least 18 people last Saturday in eastern Afghanistan.
‘Too much civilian suffering’
“The genuine anger expressed by the protesters, many of whom suffered the loss of family and friends, is fully understandable,” Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, said Friday in a statement.
“But this tragic week has already added too much civilian suffering to Afghanistan, and further violence will not solve any problems,” he said.
The conference will be a “visible reminder to all those who seek to harm Afghanistan that the Afghan people are never alone,” US ambassador to Afghanistan Hugo Llorens said.
CNN’s Ehsan Popalzai and Aleem Agha reported from Kabul. Joe Sterling and Spencer Feingold reported from Atlanta.