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Protesters block Torkham-Jalalabad Highway

Protesters block Torkham-Jalalabad Highway

Aug 10, 2011 - 10:56

JALALABAD (PANinfo-icon): Protestors of the Shinwari tribe have blocked the Torkham-Jalalabad Highway in protest over a land dispute with Kuchis in the Bahti Kot district of eastern Nangarhar province, officials said on Wednesday.

The clash erupted over state land in the Char Dehi desert on Wednesday between Kuchis and members of the Seypai clan of the Shinwari tribe, Bahti Kot district chief Israrullah Qarizada told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Members of each side accuse the other side of firing first. Seypai elder Malak Rahmatullah said that Kuchis opened fire on the Seypais, who have lived in the area for 16 years, killing three men and injuring four others. Farooq, another Seypai elder, said the Kuchis had opened fire on them without warning.

Rahmatullah said police later killed a man and injured three others.

Kuchiinfo-icon elder Sher Khan contradicted this account, saying the Seypais opened fire on the Kuchis first, killing two of their tribal elders and injuring two others.

There was an hour-long clash between the two tribes Tuesday, and fighting resumed Wednesday morning, he said, adding that two Kuchis and three people from Shinwari tribe were killed and 11 others injured in the battle.

A Pajhwok reporter observed nearly 2,000 people from the Seypai tribe blocking the Jalalabad-Torkham highway to protest the incident.

The protesters chanted slogans against President Karzai and Nangarhar Governor Gul Agha Sherzai.



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