Clashes erupt in Kabul over reburial of long-dead king

Clashes broke out in Kabul on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, between supporters of Afghanistan’s Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum, left, and a group trying to rebury the remains of King Habibullah Kalakani, at right, who was hanged in 1929.

KABUL, Afghanistan — Fighting broke out in the Afghan capital Thursday between supporters of Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum and a group attempting to rebury the remains of a long-dead monarch whose short-lived, despotic rein ended with his hanging in 1929.

Fighting erupted in the early afternoon, when supporters of the vice president, an ethnic Uzbek, opened fire on pallbearers carrying the remains of King Habibullah Kalakani, a Tajik, near the Shahrara area of the city, wounding five people, Afghanistan’s Tolo News reported.

On social media, eyewitnesses posted photos of a pock-marked wall and a bleeding victim. They said shooting lasted for about 25 minutes.

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