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Afghans Fill Streets Protesting ISIS-Linked Beheadings

Protesters marched through Kabul fueled by anger at what they see as government inaction over the killings of the seven members of their Hazara minority group.

. Protestors in the Afghan capital Kabul are seen on Wednesday carrying the coffins of seven people beheaded by militants. The demonstrators marched toward the presidential palace Wednesday — later attempting to enter the compound — fueled by anger at what they see as government inaction over the killings of the seven members of their Hazara minority group.

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. Afghan men mourn over the coffins of the victims. Provincial officials believe the beheadings were carried out by Uzbek militants who are linked to ISIS and are fighting alongside a faction trying to wrest control of the Taliban away from its new boss Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, who took over in July.

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. Women chant slogans as they carry one of the coffins of those beheaded. Three women, four men, and one child were among the victims.

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. People from the Hazara minority light candles and hold pictures of some of the women killed. Zabul, where the victims were beheaded, is one of the most hostile provinces in Afghanistan with several districts fully controlled by the Taliban. Recently, ISIS militants have also surfaced there.

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. Afghan men hold a candlelight vigil during a funeral procession. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has condemned the beheadings.

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. Hazara tribesmen and teenagers hold candles during a ceremony.

Hazaras, who are predominantly Shiite, have been targeted in several large-scale kidnappings this year.

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. Crowds from the protest fill the width of the street in Kabul.

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. Two of the flag-draped coffins are seen held aloft by men in the crowd.

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. A Hazara tribeswoman cries as she looks on from inside a car.

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. Distraught mourners shed tears over the coffins.

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. A group of women is seen alongside one of the caskets. The protesters are calling for a new government that can ensure security in the country.

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