One dead, 12 injured in fresh Kandahar protests
KANDAHARCITY (PAN): At least one person was killed and a dozen others were wounded as fresh protests erupted in southern Kandahar province on Sunday against the Quran burning incident in the United States, officials said.
The fresh violent demonstrations in Kandahar city and its adjacent district Panjwai came as the death toll from a Saturday's violent protest climbed to 16, with another 81 injured.
The governor's spokesman says the Saturday's protest was planned by the Taliban to create insecurity.
On Friday, 10 workers with the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan were killed in the northern province of Balkh when a protest against a Florida extremist Christian preacher Terry Jones, who supervised the burning of the Quran in front of about 50 people at a church in Florida on March 20, turned violent.
On Sunday, residents of the Hazrat Jee Baba area city carried out a protest at the Shahidan Square in the fourth police district of Kandahar and marched toward Madad Khan Square.
A large number of people emerged on roads in different parts of Panjwai district, holding banners in their hands and chanting slogans against the US government, President Obama, the Afghan government and President Karzai.
The demonstration in Kandahar city led to the closure of all shops, with residents staying indoors.
Meanwhile, Kandahar Governor Toorayali Wesa ordered security forces to protect protestors, public and private properties during protest demonstrations. He asked security personnel to keep vigilance over destructive elements trying to penetrate the protesters to cause civilian casualties.
Wesa directed for the arrest of perpetrators behind violent acts during demonstrations.
A doctor at the Mirwais hospital, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed receiving a dead body from the Panjwai district and 10 injured people, one of from Panjwai, and the rest from Kandahar city at the hospital.
The governor's spokesman said three policemen were also injured when angry protestors pelted stones at them. Zalmay Ayubi said people should inform authorities 24 hours before carrying out a demonstration.
He said residents took to the streets for the second consecutive day in Kandahar city without any permission or information. He complained of lacking special police force, tear gas and other equipment to control violent protests. He said many people were injured in Sunday's protest, but he had not details.
Panjwai district chief, Fazluddin Agha, said police were in control of the situation.
Samiullah, a witness, confirmed one person was killed and three others were injured when police and the protestors exchanged fire.
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