Logar land dispute leaves 2 dead, 5 injured
PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Two people were killed and five others wounded during a clash in the Baraki Barak district of central Logar province on Tuesday, an official said.
The clash was triggered by a land dispute between nomadic Kuchis and residents of Khaki desert early in the morning, the district’s administrative head said.
Eng. Mohammad Rahim told Pajhwok Afghan News that police had reached the area to end the fire exchange. He accused the Kuchis of encroaching on the land.
Local tribal elder Haji Bismillah said one villager had been killed and four others wounded in gunfire from Kuchis, who also lost one man. He claimed they had ownership documents of the land occupied by the nomads.
On the other hand, Kuchi elder Sethi told Pajhwok they had been allotted the land in compliance of a presidential decree. He said the government also had the relevant record.
Provincial council chief Haseebullah Stanikzai and gubernatorial spokesman Din Mohammad Darwesh also confirmed the clash. Stanikzai also said the land belonged to the villagers.
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