Authorities say several protesters are dead and at least four police are injured as hundreds of people demonstrate in Kabul for better security in the Afghan capital.

More than 1,000 people were taking part in the demonstration Friday in the wake of a powerful truck bomb attack that killed 90 people on Wednesday.

Abdul Hafiz Mansur, a member of Parliament from Kabul, says eight protesters were killed by government security forces.

Policeman Ghulam Hazarat said four police were wounded by stone-throwing protesters.

Demonstrators held pictures of the destruction from the blast and of government leaders, and police fired warning shots as about a hundred demonstrators rushed toward them, some throwing rocks. A security forces tank fired warning shots into the sky.

Afghans are in mourning after the massive truck bomb killed at least 90 wounded more than 450 more in one of the worst extremist attacks since the drawdown of foreign forces in 2014. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

“We are calling on President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani to resign,” he said. Demonstrators also called for Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah to step down.

Protester Amir Arya said a number of his friends were wounded by police as they tried to block the protesters from advancing.


Afghan police transport their comrade to a hospital after he was injured during a protest. (Mohammad Ismail/Reuters)

“Some of them were beaten by police with sticks and some others detained,” he said. “This act of police and government proves that peaceful demonstration would not be useful anymore.”

Most of the casualties from the truck bombing were civilians, including women and children, officials have said. But the dead also included Afghan security guards at the facilities, including the U.S. Embassy, and 11 American contractors were wounded — none with life-threatening injuries, a U.S. State Department official said.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, which came in the first week of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.