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Hundreds rally against arrest of madrassa students

Hundreds rally against arrest of madrassa students

Mar 07, 2011 - 14:22

JALALABAD (PANinfo-icon): Hundreds of madrassainfo-icon students protested in eastern Nangarhar province on Monday, aafter foreign forces arrested some of their classmates.

About 600 students, chanting "Death to America", burned tyres and blocked the ring road south of Jalalabad, the provincial capital, for an hour and a half.

Attiqullah, one of the students of Najmul Madaris school, said US forces detained Abdul Basir, who was also an imaminfo-icon (prayer leader) in the area, and two other pupils from the mosqueinfo-icon on Sunday night.

NATOinfo-icon-led troops also beat them during the raid,  said another demonstrator, Nizamuddin, who called the arrests illegal. He sought apologies from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon) and the Afghan government and release of the three.

Protests would continue until the detained students were freed, he warned.

Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, the Nangarhar governor's spokesman, said the detainees would be released if they were found innocent.

In Pul-i-Alam, the capital of central Logar province, about 100 people protested against the arrest of an imam by the National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon). They asked the government to free the imam as soon as possible.


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