4 Bagram protestors injured in foreign troops’ firing
CHARIKAR (Pajhwok): At least four protestors were injured on Sunday in firing by foreign troops during a protest against a raid on a former jihadi commander’s home in Bagram district of central Parwan province, officials and residents said.
Bagram police chief Col. Ahmadzai said four protestors injured in foreign forces’ firing were discharged after receiving treatment in a local clinic.
A doctor at the clinic, who wished not to be named, confirmed receiving four injured protestors. He said they were discharged after treatment in the clinic.
Col. Ahmadzai confirmed the search operation by US soldiers. He said although the action had sparked anger among local residents, police had taken measures to control the demonstrators.
He said Parwan governor Mohammad Asim Asim met the protestors and assured them foreign forces would not arbitrary search residents’ houses in future.
The protest ended after the governor convinced them, he said, adding the Ministry of Interior should provide information about the raid.
Chanting death to the US and down with invaders, the protestors gathered in the Shakah area of Bagram district, where the residence of ex-jihadi leader named Kamandar was arbitrarily searched by American troops in the morning.
One of them, Hashmatullah, told Pajhwok Afghan News the US forces searched Kamandar’s house around 4am. He said arbitrary action of foreign forces sparked anger of local residents.
Foreign forces should coordinate with their Afghan partners before searching any civilian house, he said, asking international troops to demonstrate respect for Afghan culture, traditions and values.
Another protestor, Sayed Ahmad said that foreign forces opened fire on the gathering of protestors and left four people wounded.
Niamatullah, one of the injured who plastered his hand told Pajhwok Afghan News that he was slightly injured and joined back to the protest after bandaged his hand in a clinic in Ghulam Ali Bazaar.
Meanwhile, a spokesman of the Resolute Support, Brig. General Charles Cleveland said “The Afghan and U.S. forces were shot at during today's operation and in self-defense, they returned fire just long enough to allow themselves to leave the area safely.”
In addition, U.S. forces, while assisting several dozen of their Afghan counterparts, did enter a courtyard after an invitation from the owner, but did not enter a house." He added
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