Hundreds of Afghans have staged a protest in central Afghanistan denouncing a spate of suicide bombings that many demonstrators are blaming on Pakistan.

Protesters gathered in the city of Ghazni Saturday, 120 kilometers southwest of the capital, Kabul.

At least 13 suicide bombings have struck Afghanistan in the last several months, including last Monday when more than 20 people were killed in a town near the border with Pakistan. Afghan protesters accuse officials in neighboring Pakistan of aiding suspected terrorists behind such bombings.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has expressed concern over the increase of suicide bombings, saying Afghanistan and the international community are in a joint struggle against terrorism. He says if Western countries do not fight terrorism in Afghanistan, they will have to deal with it in their own capitals.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.