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‘High-powered body be tasked to investigate Khost tragedy’

‘High-powered body be tasked to investigate Khost tragedy’

Apr 04, 2015 - 14:20

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): The governor office in the southeastern Khost province on Saturday demanded the central government to send a high-powered body to thoroughly investigate the latest suicide attack in the province.

The death toll into the attack on Thursday in Khost province surged to 20 as two more tribal elders succumbed to injuries in hospital.

Mubariz Zadran, spokesman for the acting governor, on Friday confirmed to Pajhwok Afghan News that 20 persons were dead and the widely condemned bombing left another 64, most of them seriously, wounded.

Addressing a press conference, Kamal Nasar Asoli, Khost representative in Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon, said: “Naeemi is not only involved in administrative corruption but also has links with terrorists.”

He warned they would launch series of protests until Naeemi was removed from his post as governor.

Condemning the blast in strongest possible words, a statement from the governor office said that it was a “national tragedy which left a number of persons dead and wounded.

The statement categorically rejected involvement of the acting governor in the tragic incident. It said that such kind of unfounded allegations would only benefit anti-state elements.

It suggested that a delegation should be sent to Khost to probe the tragedy and make public those involved in the blast. The governor office, it said in advance shared intelligence report regarding a looming threat of blast.

Intelligence agencies and other government officials already informed leaders of the protest before launching the demonstration and they totally ignored the alert.




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