One killed, six others injured in Chaman
QUETTA (PAN): One person was killed and six others injured when smugglers (locally called Lagharyan) staged a protest in the Chaman area near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, sources said on Wednesday.
Thousands of smugglers from the Chaman area of Pakistan and the Spin Boldak district of Afghanistan move food and drugs illegally across the border and frequently clash with security personnel.
The smugglers began demonstrating two days ago over Pakistani security forces’ imposition of a ban on the transportation of food items into Afghanistan.
According to local reporter Noor Zaman Achakzai, the protest later turned violent. Demonstrators clashed with border police, throwing stones at customs security posts, breaking vehicles’ windows, and shooting three security personnel. Security forces responded by opening fire and killing one Afghan, he said.
An official at the civil hospital in Chaman, Dr. Akhter Muhammad Alizai, said that the killed person was identified as Syed Malook, and three injured officials were also brought to hospital.
Area police chief Abdullah Khan told Pajhwok Afghan News that the smugglers also staged protests today and some of them were armed. Four protesters were injured today, he said, and that area of the border sealed yesterday and would remain closed for much of the day today.
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