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Thousands attend funeral ceremony of well-known cleric in Kabul

Despite a pandemic, several thousand people, including politicians and government officials, attended the funeral ceremony of a well-known cleric who was killed by a bomb earlier this week.
The funeral prayer was held on Thursday at a football stadium in the east of the Afghan capital, Kabul, under strict security conditions.
Imam Mohammad Ayaz Niazi was one of two people killed after a bomb exploded in a Kabul mosque on Tuesday. Another two worshippers were hurt in the attack, which struck in a high-security diplomatic area.
Niazi was buried inside the compound of the mosque.
Islamic State has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.
Many prominent politicians, including President Ashraf Ghani, paid their last respect to his body at the hospital, where he was taken - and later died - after being injured during the bomb explosion.
Ghani has announced that an elite team will investigate the bombing. With a master’s degree in Islamic economics and a doctorate in international relations, Niazi was active as Friday prayer leader at the Wazir Akbar Khan mosque. He was also a Kabul University professor in the Islamic law department.
His death sparked wide reactions across the country. Many people posted his photos on social media to express their sorrow and condemn the attack.