Suspect in rocket attack on Loya Jirga detainedBy Khwaja Basir Fitri Nov 17, 2011 - 15:03
Two rockets landed in the 4th police district close to the traditional Loya Jirga site, crime branch chief, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Zahir, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
One of the rockets fell in the Sarsabzi Square at around 8am, injuring a man, he said, adding the second rocket landed on the Bagh-i-Bala Mountain behind Masjid-i-Safid near the venue of the grand assembly.
Hashmatullah Stanikzai, a spokesman for the 101st Asmayee Police Zone, told Pajhwok the rockets were fired from the Pul-i-Gusala area in the jurisdiction of the seventh police district.
Security forces captured the suspect while trying to escape in a Surf vehicle, using a mobile phone that was seized from the area the rockets were fired from, Stanikzai said, without giving the identity of the detainee.
According to Pajhwok reporter, windowpanes of a nearby market were also smashed and a Mazda truck as well as six fruit carts damaged in the attack.
A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said they had fired two rockets on the jirga site at 8am, inflicting casualties on security personnel.
The Taliban have warned of attacks on participants of the event wherever they could do so. The rocket strike comes as the first day of the traditional forum passed off peacefully.