US soldiers kill ex-Gitmo detainee in Jalalabad
JALALABAD (PAN): US troops shot dead a former Jihadi commander, who was released three years ago after spending six years in the notorious US detenction centre of Guantanamo Bay , Cuba, officials and relatives said on Saturday.
Sabar Lal was killed during a pre-dawn raid on his house in the Angoor Bagh area of Jalalabad City on Friday night , the governor’s spokesman, Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
The former jihadi leader hailed from Manogi district of eastern Kunar province had opted to live in Jalalabad city after his release from Guantanamo Bay.
Sabar Lal had also served as a commander of the Mahaz-e-Mili Party, one of the seven Jihadi movements that fought Soviets in Afghanistan.
The US troops dragged the 46-year-old out of his room and sprayed his body with five bullets in the backyard of his house, cousin Hajji Zabardast, who was standing near the corpse in Nangarhar Civil Hospital, said. “Sabar Lal had committed no criminal activity, but he was murdered in cold blood,” he mourned.
The slain former jihadi had also served eight days in a US forces detention centre in Afghanistan in 2011 and was released due to the intervention of the governor Gul Agha Sherzai and tribal elders, the relative said.
Faridoon Mohmand, a Wolesi Jirga member from Nangarhar, strongly condemned the murder. "Irresponsible operations by foreign forces make up 50 percent of the total insecurity in Afghanistan," he alleged, adding the troops were intentionally conducting such operations in an attempt to widen the gap between the people and the government.
Sabar Lal served as the commander of 12th brigade of border police in Kunar province during the interim administration, Esmatullah Safi, a nephew of the victim, said. The former commander left behind two wives, three sons and seven daughters, Safi said.
However, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) media office in a statement said Sabar Lal who had links to the Al Qaedawas killed in a joint operation with Afghan forces in Jalalabad on Friday night.
The operation was conducted based on a report from locals, the statement said. Lal was killed when he emerged from the building with an AK-47 assault rifle. “Sabar Lal was an insurgent leader responsible for attacks and financing insurgent operations in the Pech district, Kunar province," the statement alleged. "He was in contact with several senior al-Qaida members throughout Kunar and Pakistan. Several suspected insurgents were also taken into custody during the security operation," the statement added.
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