Around 50 people may have been killed and scores injured following a blast that ripped through a street in Kabul where a demonstration was being held.
The demonstration was being carried out by the Shia-Hazara minority against a re-routing of a proposed power line route.
The Hazaras carrying out the protest march before the attack. AFP
Thousands were marching towards the Presidential palace when a suicide bomber hit the Deh Mazang square.
According to reports, ambulances and other rescue services were finding it hard to reach the blast victims at some places because the route had been cordoned off with containers by the authorities to halt the move of the demonstrators. A government spokesman Mohammad Ismail Kawoosi said, “The dead and wounded were taken to Istiqlal hospital near the blast scene.”
No terror group has yet claimed responsibility of the attack but authorities believe that the Taliban could be behind it.
Hazaras are a poor minority of the country often discriminated against by the Afghan government.