Hundreds attend candlelight vigil in Jalalabad
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Hundreds of civil society activists on Friday attended a candlelight vigil to mourn those killed in a terrorist attack near the Pakistani consulate in eastern Nangarhar province.
Seven security officials were killed and another 11 people were wounded on Wednesday morning following a suicide attack and a gun-battle that lasted four hours in Jalalabad, the provincial capital.
One of the vigil organisers, Irfanullah Baidar, told Pajhwok Afghan News hundreds of civil society activists and youth gathered near the guesthouse from where the attackers had been firing at security personnel on Thursday night. He said they aimed to offer tribute to the Afghan soldiers who lost their lives in the attack.
“We lighted candles to mourn the death of our soldiers and we share our grief with families of the martyrs,” another activist, Abdul Rahman Maawin, said, praising Afghan soldiers for controlling the attack in a short period of time.
“We gathered to honour the bravery of Afghan soldiers who were killed in the attack,” another civil society activist, Mohammad Zubair Khaksar, said.
“Lighting each candle to mourn our soldiers is honouring the martyrs and paying respect to their sacrifices,” said Nangarhar deputy chief of the National Directorate of Security (NDS).
Mohamamd Amin added such movements helped boost the morale of security personnel.
He thanked civil society activists, saying security forces would struggle more to have better security in the province.
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