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The Afghan Health Ministry said 55 were killed in the attack on the nation’s highest religious body as the faithful were marking the prophet Muhammad’s birth anniversary.
“I cried all the way,” one villager said. “We left everything behind.”
The demonstrators were reacting to a spate of insurgent attacks on Hazara Shiites in Ghazni province.
“He died for the success of freedom,” the officer wrote of Maj. Brent R. Taylor, who was killed in an insider attack this month.
Insurgent violence and government infighting may result in key October elections being postponed.
A bomber struck during a wrestling match in a gym, and the blast was soon followed by another explosion some distance away.
Activists march barefoot amid an escalation of insurgent violence.
The blast inside a learning center in a Shiite district of the Afghan capital was among the deadliest in years.
Abdurrashid Dostum, a former warlord accused of beating, then ordering the rape of a political rival, returned to a welcome home ceremony Sunday in Kabul, then a deadly bombing.