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Suicide bombings at Kabul demonstration kill at least 60, injure hundreds more

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By: FAZUL RAHIM and MUSHTAQ YUSUFZAI

(NBC) - Suicide bombings on a busy street in the capital of Afghanistan on Saturday killed 61 people and injured 207 others, many of whom were taking part in a political demonstration, authorities said.

The blasts occurred in Dehmazamg Square near the Kabul Zoo on the main road to Parliament, and were likely designed to hit people out on a weekend, Health Ministry spokesperson Ismail Kawosi told NBC News.

The protesters, mostly ethnic minority Hazaras, were marching to demand that their impoverished home province be included in a major new electricity line, according to The Associated Press.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack. The Taliban denied responsibility.

The government had received intelligence that an attack could take place, and had warned the march organizers, a spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani told The AP.

Abdullah Abdullah, the country's chief executive, said on twitter that the attacks targeted a demonstration.

"Terrorists must know that such attacks won't stop Afghans from standing together and making Afghanistan a better place," he wrote.

The United States has 9,800 troops in Afghanistan working with Afghan forces against the Taliban, Islamic State and other insurgent groups. The commander of those forces, U.S. Army Gen. John Nicholson, said in a statement that the Resolute Support mission condemned that attack "and remain firmly committed to supporting our Afghan partners and the National Unity Government," according to The AP.

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