Laghman square being named after heroic soldier
MEHTARLAM (Pajhwok): A square is being named after Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier Essa Khan in eastern Laghman province in recognition of his action during a brazen attack on the parliament building in Kabul.
Eight insurgents launched the coordinated attack on the Wolesi Jirga, with one of them blowing up an explosive-laden car in front of the parliament entrance gate and the others tried to storm the building but faced with stiff resistance from security guards.
Essa Khan, a resident of Laghman province, said he gunned down six terrorists one after another during the attack that lasted nearly two hours, leaving two civilians dead and 28 others wounded.
President Ashraf president has given Essa Kahn a new home in recognition of his actions and recognised his “resolve and heroism” during a meeting in the Presidential Office.
Sarhadi Zwak, the Laghman governor’s spokesperson, told Pajhwok Afghan News Governor Abdul Jabbar Naeemi at a meeting with provincial officials had decided to name a square after Essa Khan. A land plot would also be given to Essa Khan in Laghman, he said.
The meeting participants also asked the governor to facilitate education of Essa Khan’s children, he said, adding Governor Naeemi appreciated Staff Sgt Essa Khan Laghmani for his valor and gallantry that foiled the enemy’s plot in no time.
First Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum has offered Essa Khan a HiLux vehicle while several lawmakers have announced contributing one or two months’ salaries to Essa Khan.
Essa Khan Laghmani, 28, said in an interview on Tuesday, a day after the attack, said that after the huge blast when he saw a group of young militants approaching, he hesitated for a second before opening fire.
“I said bismillah [in the name of God], and then: Bang! Bang! Bang!” “I shot all six.” His bravado made him a national sensation in the wake of the latest Taliban assault on the parliament.
His actions made him an instant hero for a country and a beleaguered government that desperately needed one.
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