Clash between 2 Junbish ex-commanders leaves 4 dead, 7 injured
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Nearly a dozen people have suffered casualties as a result of a clash between the fighters loyal to two influential figures in northern Faryab province, an official said on Friday.
The clash erupted when men loyal to Mohammad Sami Khirkhwa, a member of provincial council, disarmed a bodyguard of uprising commander, Ghafoor, in the Balchiragh district, the administrative head of the town, Mirwais Daudzai, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Commander Ghafoor was loyal to the Junbish-i-Milli Islami (National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan) party, led-by Abdul Rashid Dostum, the first Vice President while Samiullah Kherkhwa was also one of the supporters of the party.
The exchange of rockets and mortar shelling inflicted casualties on many people during the ongoing clash, he said without having the exact figures of fatalities.
According to Daudzai, he would seek the support of provincial administration to resolve the dispute peacefully.
Syed-ul-Baqi Hashimi, a member of provincial council, said that Kherkhwa’s four relatives Ibrahim Palawan, Abdul Aleem, Shakoor and Khalifa Aman, have been so far killed and seven others wounded during the gun battle.
He said Kherkhwa’s mother was killed and his sister with her two children were wounded when a mortar shell hit their house.
A resident of the area, whishing anonymity, said an aircraft carrying a delegation has reached Balchiragh district by 12:00pm but Kherkhwa’s residence was still besieged by commander Ghafoor.
Last Ramadan, a Turkmen-ethnic influential, Hajiullah Birdai, was killed by unknown gunmen when Kherkhwa accused Ghafoor of murdering the tribal elder, he added.
However, a Taliban mouthpiece, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, had claimed responsibility for the death of Birdai.
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