Protest costs Presidential Palace 2m afs damage
KABUL (Pajhwok): The protest against the beheading of civilians in capital Kabul resulted in damage worth two million afghanis to the Presidential Palace, an official said on Thursday.
A large number of gates, footpath fences, air conditioners and computers were destroyed and windowpanes of mosques and some offices broken during the protest.
A Pajhwok Afghan News reporter, who visited the damaged sites, said an X-Ray machine at the Office of Administrative Affairs at the Presidential Palace worth thousands of US dollars has been completely destroyed by the protestors.
Thousands of people on Wednesday staged the protest against the beheading of seven civilians by Islamic State (IS) insurgents in southern Zabul province.
The gunmen had abducted the seven civilians, including four women and a child, from Jaghori district of Ghazni about a month back. The hostages were decapitated in Arghandab district on November 8.
The protest calmed down by 1:30am last night after their representatives laid down their demands during talks with government officials and warned of large-scale demonstrations if their calls were ignored.
The protestors carried the coffin of the slain individuals and police guards at the Presidential Palace fired into the air to disperse the protestors after they attempted to storm the palace.
Niamatullah Taseer, the Office of the Administrative Affairs (OAA)’s deputy director, said protest was the right of every Afghan, but it should not lead to causing damages to public and private properties.
He said the protestors caused damage worth two million afghanis to the Office of Administrative Affairs.
“Bullet signs in the walls and windows of OAA show armed men were among the protestors who wanted to achieve their nefarious designs,” he said.
Taseer said some violent people were also present in the protest who forced security guards into opening fire.
Officials said eight people were injured during the demonstration. However, Taseer added the protestors also caused damages to the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum and Geodesy and Cartography departments.
He said people should convey their problems through peaceful means so that the enemy of Afghans could not misuse the situation.
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