Team in Aibak to probe violent protests
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A high-level delegation on Wednesday reached Aibak to probe violent protests in the capital of northern Samangan province, an official said.
Two protestors were killed and more than a dozen others wounded during a clash with police in Aibak. The injured people included five policemen.
The incident happened when armed supporters of Senator Asif attacked the governor’s office. Governor Khairullah Anosh told Pajhwok Afghan News the protestors were trying to stop him entering his office.
Police fired in the air, but two protestors were killed and eight others wounded by the senator’s supporters, he alleged. “They want to make a political issue out of it and create problems for me.”
But Ziauddin Zia, the provincial council head, claimed the governor’s bodyguards and police had inflicted casualties on protesters. The protest was peaceful but police opened fire, he said, adding the governor was involved in administrative and moral corruption.
He put the toll at three protestors dead and 10 injured, claiming to have received a video clip of policemen firing at demonstrators. The public representative vowed to hold the government responsible for the casualties.
Speaking to Pajhwok Afghan News, the governor said the team, led by presidential advisor Tahir Sapi, included intelligence, attorney general office, interior ministry and IDLG representatives.
The officials from Kabul participated in the victims’ funeral and met local authorities, Anosh said, adding the delegates would probe all aspects of the casualties and protests.
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