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Wolesi Jirga forms panel to investigate Jalrez incident

Wolesi Jirga forms panel to investigate Jalrez incident

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Jul 08, 2015 - 18:09

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon on Wednesday appointed a panel to investigate the Jalrez carnage amidst claims by some lawmakers that those killed were “illegal gunmen.”

The Talibaninfo-icon insurgents attacked several Afghan Local Police (ALP) posts on the night between Wednesday and Thursday, overrunning a dozen posts and killing 24 ALP members.

The president-appointed delegation on Wednesday launched its investigation into the incident, in which at least 30 militants were also killed.

Aryan Yun, a lawmaker from eastern Nangarhar province, said an independent panel should be formed to investigate the incident.

“Those killed in Jalrez were not ALP members. Local police members hail from the same locality, but the slain individuals were from different provinces and were buried in different provinces.”

“This is a political plot and should be thoroughly investigated. Based on reports those killed belonged to illegal armed groups and warlords,” the lawmaker claimed.

His colleague from northern Balkh province, Maulviinfo-icon Abdul Rahman Rahmani also insisted on a proper investigation of the incident. “It should be investigated why residents of one province were appointed for security of another province.”

Bamyan MP Abdul Rahman Shahidani accused local and government officials of having committed negligence in preventing the carnage and said without thorough investigations, more problems would be created.

Haji Zahir Qadir, the first deputy speaker who chaired the session, said a fact-finding committee and a committee of security organs had started their investigations into the incident and a parliamentary committee should also conduct its own investigation.

“The Jalrez case gets a new angle with passing of each day. The house administrative board in cooperation with the internal security and defence commissions will choose a panel to investigate the incident,” he added.

Ministry of Interior spokesman Sediq Seddiqi had said it was being investigated whether the slain people were from local police or not.

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