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Speeding convoys of Massoud supporters cause panic

Speeding convoys of Massoud supporters cause panic

Sep 09, 2015 - 19:30

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Noisy and speedy convoys carrying supporters of Ahmad Shah Massoud on Kabul roads caused panic among local residents on Wednesday. The vehicles carried mujahideeninfo-icon government-era flags.

Such vehicular convoys carrying supporters of the national hero are seen on the occasion of his death anniversary every year. Massoud’s 14th death anniversary was observed in Kabul, with the laying of floral wreaths on his grave and a monument in Kabul. The ceremony was attended by high-ranking government officials including Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah and his two deputies.

Former president Hamid Karzai, veteran jihadi leader Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf, cabinet ministers, lawmakers and a large number of people paid rich tribute to Ahmad Shah Massoud on the occasion.

But guns-totting supporters of Massoud, who had their vehicles wrapped in black clothes and decorated with his photos and jihadinfo-icon-era flags caused a panic among the city residents. Previously, Massoud supported had resorted to firing in the air.

Today, convoys of vehicles with Massoud supporters onboard were seen at various parts of the central capital on the occasion of his death anniversary.  Some of the supporters had guns, walkie-talkies and banners and jihad-era flags.

They installed four banners at the Salim Karwan Square calling the roundabout as “Atta Mohammad (Noor) Square” and similar banners installed at the Lab Jar Square were written with words “Habib Kalkani Square.”

A resident of Khairkhana area, Maryam Baha, told Pajhwok Afghans News the youth proceeding in these convoys had the solo aim to intimidate Kabul residents. “Last year, these stray youth had intimidated many people. They fired into the air, injuring many people, but this year fortunately the intimidation was not much,” she said.

She said people in Khairkhana, Sara-i-Shumali, 500 family blocks, Parwan Du and several other areas, where the convoys travelled, remained indoors to avoid being harassed. But in the afternoon, these convoys disappeared, bringing a sigh of relief to residents, she said.

She urged supporters of Ahmad Shah Massoud to avoid aerial firing and harassing people on occasions commemorating his death.


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