ALP personnel gun down 3 civilians of a family in Balkh
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Afghan Local Police (ALP) personnel have killed three civilians and wounded four others of a family in the Chamtal district of northern Balkh province, an official alleged on Wednesday.
The incident had took place on Monday in the Joi Sheer area of the district. Security officials confirmed receiving a report from local authorities regarding the incident. Taliban commander Farid was killed in the same incident.
However, provincial council members asked the security officials to respond to Chamtal shooting. “Killing civilians and labelling them as militants is intolerable,” the council members said.
Mohammad Din, a resident whose cousin was killed in the attack, told Pajhwok Afghan News the dispute erupted over the construction of an ALP post on the roof of a local mosque.
He said the ALP members had set up the post despite opposition from local people. Therefore ALP forces on Monday broke into the house of his uncle and killed his cousin Farid who was a madrasa student.
“Farid’s father, Annar who came to save his son, was also shot dead. Then his second son, who rushed in to rescue his father, was also gunned down by the ALP personnel,” he claimed.
He went on to accuse the ALP men of opening fire at women, children and other family members. Some of them were killed and wounded. Two of Annar’s daughters and two brothers-in-law were injured in the incident.
The injured were shifted to a private hospital in Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital, some of them in critical condition, he said.
Provincial Council Chairman Mohammad Ibrahim Khairandesh confirmed the shooting and condemned it as a brutal action.
“A member of the victim family might have link to the militants, but the entire household was not guilty,” he insisted, calling the civilian deaths intolerable.
He said a joint team from security organs and the provincial council had arrived in area for further investigations. The result of the probe would be shared with the media later in the day, he added.
Deputy police chief, Col. Abdur Razzaq Qadiri, said he had received a report from local security officials that they had killed Taliban commander Farid and seized a Kalashnikov from him.
He said that they had also received information about civilian casualties in the Chamtal shooting. A team has been sent to the area for investigation. If found guilty, the ALP members would be brought to justice, he promised.
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