Situation in Kandahar discussed after deadly riots
KANDAHAR CITY (PAN): The governor of southern Kandahar province on Wednesday chaired a high-level meeting of security officials to assess the security situation after deadly protest demonstrations.
The meeting was also attended by commanders of the 205th Military Corps, the first brigade, Afghan border police, police chief, deputy director of the provincial National Directorate of Security, and the deputy commander of ISAF for the southern command, a statement issued from the Kandahar governor's office said.
The participants condemned the deaths and injuries to many people during the protests against the Quran burning incident in Florida. The meeting called the violent protests a conspiracy by the enemies of Afghanistan.
At least 16 people were killed and more than 80 others were wounded in two days of violent protest demonstrations in Kandahar city against the Quran burning by a fundamentalist Christian preacher in Florida on March 20.
The National Directorate of Security deputy director told the meeting that protestors used the demonstrations as an excuse to create violence and destructive activities, the statement quoted him as saying.
The intelligence official claimed to have a videotape and other documents showing how the demonstrations were turned violent by some protestors. He said he would share the evidences with the media in near future.
The meeting noticed that some policemen did not fulfill their responsibilities successfully and acknowledged the police in Kandahar were not well equipped.
It was decided to train a well-equipped special police to control such demonstrations in future and prevent damages to properties and civilian casualties.
Haydaroof, chief of Kandahar based United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), expressed his sympathies and condolences with families of those killed and wounded during the two days of demonstrations in Kandahar. He praised efforts by security forces in protecting the UNAMA office.
The meeting agreed to make efforts at strengthening Afghan local police and upgrading their abilities to be more capable for protection of their villages.
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