Pajhwok Services

SMS News Service

Photo Service

Election Coverage

Special Mining Page

Afghan Peace Process Special Page

Addvertise With Pajhwok

Daily Newsletter

Sending Time (GMT / Kabul time)

Suggest a Story

Pajhwok is interested in your story suggestions. Please tell us your thoughts by clicking here.

Pro-govt elders shot dead in Helmand

Pro-govt elders shot dead in Helmand

Oct 20, 2012 - 14:32

LASHKARGAH (PANinfo-icon): Two pro-government tribal elders were shot dead in a militant ambush in the restive southern province of Helmand, an official said on Saturday.

The insurgents gunned down the Sangin district social council members in the Nasozai area late on Friday, the town’s administrative head, Mohammad Sharif Khan, told Pajhwok Afghan New.

Haji Abdul Salam and Matiullah Jan came under attack while returning on motorbikes from the opening ceremony for a security checkpoint in the area, the district chief said.

The slayings would have a negative effect on the security situation in Sangin, because the elders stoutly supported Afghan soldiers and police, Sharif Khan said.

Another government official, Abdul Wakil Asak said the elders would arrange weekly meetings in different areas to promote awareness among locals about peace, stability and reconstructioninfo-icon.

With the Talibaninfo-icon yet to comment on the incident, authorities say 24 members of seven district social councils have been killed in attacks so far.



Related Article

Download “Pajhwok” mobile App, on your smartphone to read and access latest news, features, interviews, videos and photos about Afghanistan.


Add new comment



Twitter Update