As hundreds of people gathered Saturday morning close to the Emergency Hospital in downtown Kabul, the city’s garrison commander called on the public to stay away from demonstrations in the next few days due to the “sensitive security situation.”
Kabul’s Garrison Commander, Lt. Gen. Gul Nabi Ahmadzai, warned the public at a press conference late Friday night that they had information that terrorist organizations were planning attacks at such gatherings and demonstrations.
However, on Saturday people continued to arrive at the scene of Friday night’s sit-in vigil, at the Ankara Circle close to the Emergency Hospital, which is between Wazir Akbar Khan and Share Naw.
Reports have emerged that the Enlightenment Movement has also joined the demonstrators.
TOLOnews journalist Karim Amini who was reporting from the area said demonstrators are angry about Friday’s shooting, as well as Wednesday’s bombing and with government’s failure to ensure security in the capital.
Amini said that numbers were swelling Saturday as protesters continued to arrive.
The deputy minister of interior, Gen. Murad Ali Murad, meanwhile addressed a press conference early Saturday afternoon and called on people not to hold protest rallies due to the high security threat in the city.
He also also President Ashraf Ghani has ordered the Attorney General to carry out a full investigation into Friday's shooting by security forces on demonstrators.
Meanwhile, security forces have been deployed around the city and some roads, including those to the Presidential Palace, are completely closed off.
This comes after at least five protesters were killed on Friday during a demonstration in protest against Wednesday’s deadly bombing that killed over 100 people.
Hundreds of people marched from different areas of the city to Zanbaq Square – the site of Wednesday’s explosion – with the intention of marching to the Presidential Palace.
However, security forces fired off tear gas canisters and used water cannons in a bid to disperse the crowd. Pockets of demonstrators retaliated by throwing stones. Police then opened fire on the crowd.