Probe into Maiwand incident ordered
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday appointed a team to launch an investigation into a firing incident that killed nearly a dozen protestors in the Maiwand town of southern Kandahar province.
Officials in Kandahar on Wednesday said eight gunmen among the protestors were killed after they fired at police. A suicide bomber and 30 suspected militants, who entered the protest against Pakistan, were detained.
Security forces suffered no casualties, the governor's spokesman said. But local residents alleged that police opened fire at civilians, inflicting casualties on them.
The Administrative Affairs Office at the Presidential Palace said Karzai had appointed an official team to investigate the incident and extend condolences on his behalf to the bereaved families.
Headed by his Advisor on Tribal Affairs Mohammad Sadiq Aziz, the team includes Abdul Salam Azmat, a representative of the Attorney General's Office, and Syed Rahim Saeed from the Administrative Affairs Office.
Other members of the delegation are Interior Ministry official Col. Hadi Gul, intelligence official Irshad and Local Governance and Community Development (LGCD) official Abdul Matin Qarar.
The statement said the delegation had been tasked with investigating the circumstances surrounding the Maiwand incident and submitting its findings to the president.
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