Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Latest: 10-Day Ban on Public Gatherings in Afghanistan - nytimes

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Latest on the deadly bombing of a mass demonstration by members of Afghanistan's ethnic Hazara minority in the capital, Kabul (all times local):

Afghanistan's Interior Ministry has issued a ban on public gatherings of all types for the next 10 days.  In a statement late Saturday, the ministry, which controls the police, says "any kind of public gathering and demonstration is banned," starting immediately.

The ban follows an attack on a protest march by members of Afghanistan's ethnic Hazara community that killed at least 81 people and wounded hundreds.

The ministry's announcement — which may be seeking to address concerns about sectarian violence — cites Afghan police law and the international covenant on civil and political rights.

The United States is condemning "in the strongest terms" the deadly attack in Afghanistan's capital. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Saturday the "heinous" attack was made more "despicable" because it targeted people at a peaceful demonstration in Kabul. 

At least 80 people were killed and scores more wounded in the attack, which was claimed by the Islamic State group.

Earnest says the U.S. and the international community stand firmly with the Afghan people and their government to confront the forces that threaten the country's security, stability and prosperity.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has declared Sunday a day of national mourning, after at least 80 people were killed and another 231 wounded in a suicide bomb attack on a peaceful demonstration in the capital, Kabul. 

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the bombing, which struck a demonstration by Afghanistan's ethnic Hazara community.- Read More
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