Hundreds of Kabul residents gathered in Shah Shaheed in Kabul on Saturday night for a candlelight vigil to honor victims killed and injured in Friday’s deadly truck bomb.
At least 15 people were killed and over 400 injured in the bomb blast that rocked the city in the early hours of the morning, causing extensive damage to houses, shops and businesses in the densely populated residential area on the outskirts of the city.
Some locals attending the vigil appealed to government to avenge the attack and to take decisive steps to end the war.
One attendee said: “We have gathered here to condemn the attack – this act which targeted our people.”
Another participant meanwhile put the blame squarely at the feet of Pakistan. “Pakistan will never stop the war in Afghanistan and the Pakistanis first goal is to destabilize Afghanistan,” he said.
In addition to the truck bomb, insurgents carried out a further two attacks late Friday night.
At least 27 police cadets were killed when a suicide bomber reportedly dressed in police uniform detonated explosives inside the gate of the Kabul Police Academy. A further 26 people were injured.
This attack was followed by another complex attack on a NATO military base close to the Hamid Karzai International Airport.
At least nine people were killed in this attack, including eight security guards and a Resolute Support (RS) service member.
In a statement issued by the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission, U.S. Army Col. Brian Triebus said that eight Afghan civilian contractors and four insurgents were also killed in that incident.
It is believed the RS service member was a U.S soldier.
The attack on the coalition base, Camp Integrity, took place at 10:15 p.m., beginning with an explosion from a suspected suicide bomber followed by insurgents with small arms. The base houses U.S. and coalition troops that help train Afghan forces.
There are approximately 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan and a further 3,000 from various coalition countries.