Afghans protest the Islamic State

Protesters demonstrating against the Islamic State group were met with gunfire by police on Wednesday in Kabul, Afghanistan after some tried to breach the presidential palace.

 

Local media reported that demonstrators carried the bodies of victims of the Islamic State group attacks and threw stones at the palace demanding government action against the terrorist organization.

 

Protesters marched through the rain carrying banners and photos of seven Hazara Shiites, including a nine year old girl who were beheaded by militants loyal to the Islamic State.

 

Protesters called on several government officials to resign over their inability to stem the violence by the Taliban and the Islamic State group.

 

Authorities said that this was the largest protest the country has witnessed in recent years. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani condemned the beheadings and promised an investigation.

 

Ghani urged protesters to stay calm saying that extremists “are trying to divide the nation,” adding that he promises “to take revenge on the Taliban, Daesh and whoever committed this”.

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