4 dead in clash over ownership of pistachio jungle
AIBAK (Pajhwok): Armed clashes between illegal armed groups over products of pistachio jungle in northern Samangan province left four people dead and eight others wounded, residents said Sunday.
Mir Hamza, a resident of Aibak City, the provincial capital who was injured in the clashes, told Pajhwok Afghan News the fight started on Saturday morning between two former Jihadi commanders, including Abdul Manan and Abdul Hamid and lasted for three hours.
Hamza, who belonged to Abdul Hamid’s group, said they went to Kharpar locality for protecting pistachio jungles and came under attack by Abdul Manan’s men.
He said three persons from his group and a passerby were killed and eight others wounded.
Noor Mohammad, acting director agriculture, confirmed the incident and said 50 acres of people’s land and some wheat harvest have been torched during the clashes.
Security officials said they had started investigations.
Pistachio jungles in Samangan are government property. Securing the jungles takes place in coordination with local councils and agriculture department.
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