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Uruzgan raid: WJ seeks blood money for victims’ families

Uruzgan raid: WJ seeks blood money for victims’ families

Sep 21, 2016 - 15:23

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon (WJ) -- or lower house of the parliament -- on Wednesday urged the government to get blood money for families of the policemen killed in a US airstrike in central Uruzgan province.

At least eight Afghan National Police (ANP) officials were killed in the US raid on their checkpoint in Tirinkot, the capital of Uruzgan.

Obaidullah Barakzai, a lawmaker from the province, said the US forces frequently struck police check-posts despite the absence of Talibaninfo-icon activity around them.

It was not the first time the US had missed the target and hit security officials, he said, adding similar attacks had been carried out against security forces in the past as well.

The MP claimed America’s raids had not helpedin improving the security situation in Uruzgan. The Uruzgan-Kandahar highway was often blocked for traffic by the Taliban, he alleged.

Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, condemning the attack on security officials, remarked apologies alone could not compensate the losses of the policemen.

He said the president and security officials should deal with the matter in line with national and international laws. The speaker asked the US to make condolence payments to the policemen’s families.

Earlier, theMeshrano Jirga,or upper house of parliament, also condemned the airstrikes, calling for holding accountable the military personnel involved in the incident.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has tasked a delegation to investigate how the incident took place.


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