Arms depot destroyed inside ex-jihadi leader’s home
CHARIKAR (Pajhwok): Officials on Monday said foreign troops raided the house of a former jihadi leader and destroyed an arms cache there without informing them, as hundreds of people protested against the nighttime operation.
Residents said foreign troops raided the house of a former jihadi commander with the Jamiat-i-Islami party, Jan Ahmad, and detonated explosives found inside the house.
Hundreds of people rallied against the operation and blocked the main highway in Charikar, the provincial capital, at 7am in the morning until 11am.
The residents called off their protest after deputy governor Shah Wali Shahid visited them and delivered a speech.
Shahid said foreign troops part of the Resolute Support Mission raided the house in Bayan area and blew up the arms depot without coordination with the local authorities.
He said they condemned the unauthorized action and searching the house of an influential figure. The deputy governor said Afghan officials were holding a meeting at the Presidential Palace to discuss the matter.
Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah told a Cabinet meeting that the raid had provoked people’s, particularly of mujahideen’s sentiments, as hundreds of gun-toting men took to the streets.
He said the incident would be investigated as it was considered an action against mujahideen. He said the government was committed to preserving the value and gains of the jihad and mujahideen and would allow no forces hatch conspiracies against the jihadis.
Parwan police chief Brig. Gen. Mohammad Zaman Mamozai said the raid followed a brief clash between the forces and guards of Jan Ahmad, but there were no casualties.
Ghulam Saeed, giving an eyewitness account, said after the operation, gunmen loyal to Jan Ahmad arrived at the city’s square carrying RPG rockets and Kalashnikovs.
The gunmen left at 7am when local residents reached there to stage a protest against the raid and in support of Jan Ahmad, he said.
Col Brian Tribus, a spokesman for US forces in Kabul, confirmed to Pajhwok Afghan News that the American forces had carried out an operation in the capital of Parwan province last night.
He said the forces destroyed a cache of munitions, which could be used against the Afghan and international forces. However, he did not go into details.
Khwaja Toryali, a protester, told Pajhwok Afghan News the blasts spread terror among locals and that foreign troops did not inform local security forces about the operation.
He added helicopters of coalition forces damaged crops of local people and he demanded the government inform locals before such an operation in the area.
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