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President shocked by players’ deaths in road crash

President shocked by players’ deaths in road crash

Oct 19, 2012 - 16:51

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): President Hamid Karzai on Friday voiced deep shock over the death of eight footballers during a road crash in northern Jawzjan province.

At least 36 others were wounded in the overnight head-on collision in the Chaghcha area on the on Shiberghan-Mazar-i-Sharif highway.

Both drivers were among the fatalities. The Jawzjan players were travelling to Kabul for supporting their team that is taking part in a football tournament in the capital.

 “The president was deeply saddened to learn of the collision and extended his condolences to the victims’ families,” a statement from the Presidential Palace said.

He directed public healthinfo-icon officials to ensure the best possible treat of the injured, who he wished speedy recovery.

The president also denounced as an inhuman act a roadside bombing that killed 16 civilians and wounded as many others in northern Balkh province.

The incident took place at around 9am when a civilian van struck the bomb in the Sadarabad area of Daulatabad district. Most of the victims were children and womeninfo-icon, who were on their way to a wedding party in the district.

A separate statement from his office quoted Karzai as saying that the incident turned the happy occasion joy into a tragedy. He added the perpetrators would be punished severely in the Hereafter by Allah.



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