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Sharp Rise in Sale of Coffins After Kabul Bloody Incidents

(Last Updated On: January 28, 2018)

Ariananews findings reveal that only three coffin sellers have sold around 320 coffins during the last two days in Kabul.

The coffin sellers in Kabul have declared that people mostly buy coffins and caskets for those who lost lives in suicide attacks or in war.

Death is now such a frequent occurrence in Kabul that coffin-making is one of the few thriving businesses.

“I sold around 120 to 200 coffins today. Sometimes it reaches up to 300 in one day,” Najibullah, a coffin seller in Kabul said.

The price of a coffin ranges from 1,000 to 4,000 Afghanis. The more expensive ones are studier as they tend to be for bodies that need to be transported to other provinces.

The demand for coffins reveals something about the nature of death in Afghanistan, for they are not typically used in Muslim funerals, where the dead are usually wrapped in a white funeral shroud and placed directly in the grave.

But when a body has been severely disfigured as a result of a bomb blast or an accident, simple wooden coffins are used.

In the meantime, a number of gravediggers and stone sellers also declared shocking statistics.

“I can say as the terrorist attacks increased, the grave digging and stone selling also had a sharp rise in Kabul. There are 10 to 12 gravediggers and stone sellers only in our area,” said Abdul Wadoud, a gravedigger said.

Violence has been especially focused on Kabul this month, as the insurgency targets the heart of the national government.

A suicide bombing killed more than 90 people and injured 158 others in the centre of the capital, Kabul yesterday.

Taliban have said they carried out the attack and it was intended as a message to U.S. President Donald Trump who last year sent more American troops to Afghanistan and ordered an increase in air strikes and other assistance to Afghan forces.

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