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Women Protesters Carried The Coffin Of A 9-Year-Old Girl Beheaded By Militants

Protesters carried her coffin through Afghanistan's capital, storming the gates of the presidential palace, and demanding an end to terrorism. Warning: Graphic content.

Last updated on November 11, 2015, at 2:51 p.m. ET

Posted on November 11, 2015, at 5:59 a.m. ET

As many as 20,000 protesters swarmed the streets of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, on Wednesday.

1000's of people out in #Kabul today demanding justice for beheaded #Afghans

Protesters chanting "We want peace," "Death to Taliban & ISIS." People as far as eye can see, #Kabul protest

Protesters were calling for justice for seven residents from the southern Zabul province of Afghanistan who they said were kidnapped and beheaded over the weekend.

Massoud Hossaini / AP
Massoud Hossaini / AP

Many protesters were carrying photos of the youngest victim, a 9-year-old reportedly named Shukria.

Protesters: #shukria was sister of all #Afghans. @washingtonpost #StopKillingHazaras @Paiwandgah #BBC @bbcpersian

Users on Twitter are currently sharing photos of her and her father — who was also reportedly one of the seven beheaded over the weekend.

#Shukria and her dad. They were beheaded together by the #Taliban. Because of their ethnicity of being #Hazara.

The victims were Hazaras, a Persian-speaking minority group in Afghanistan who are mostly Shia Muslims.

Her name is #Shukria which means thanks giving/thanks. What a slap to humanity. #ZabulBeheading

#Shukria (RIP) - 9yr old #Hazara girl whose life was snuffed by #Saudi's ideology of hate | #ZabulBeheading

The protesters, many of whom are women, carried Shukria's casket through the streets of Kabul and called on President Ashraf Ghani to resign.

Massoud Hossaini / AP

You can watch video of the demonstration here:

Coffin of 9 year old girl beheaded by insurgents in Zabul on shoulders of women protestors. #Kabul #hazara #Afghan

The beheadings happened after fighting broke out between two rival factions of the Taliban. It is still unclear which faction is responsible for the murders.

#Kabul is shut today. Thousands of protesters march toward #Arg against #ZabulBeheading #HazaraKilling

Some are saying this is the largest demonstration in Kabul in the last 15 years.

#Kabul residences: #StopHazaraKillings and leading to the palace

Crowds in Pashtunistan square, near by pres. palace, chanting "Abdullah! Ghani! resign! resign!" #Kabul #Hazara

The protesters eventually made their way to the presidential palace, where security forces fired shots into the air to disperse crowds and keep them from breaching the gates, CNN reported.

Minor injuries were reported in the confrontation as Ghani called for peace and a united front against militants.

We're all extremely pained by the horrific crime of Zabul. This's the act of our enemies. V'll have reprisal. Must stay united, not divided.

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