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Gunshots ring out across Jalalabad, sparking concerns

Gunshots ring out across Jalalabad, sparking concerns

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Oct 29, 2015 - 14:48

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Following Afghanistan’s emphatic win over Zimbabwe, booms of celebratory gunshots in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, worried residents and civil society activists.

Afghanistan -- an associate nation -- created another international record by humiliating Zimbabwe in the second T20 match and clinching the series 2-0 at the Queen’s Sports Club in Bulawayo on Wednesday.

Residents of Jalalabad, a city awash with all sorts of weapons, celebrated the happy occasion by firing into the air.As gunshots rang out across the city, ordinary people thought the insurgents had attacked the provincial capital.

Civil society activistHamdullah Arbab wrote on his Facebook wall: “The national team has been trying to show the world that the Afghans want peace and is fed up with gunfire and clashes. But, unfortunately, some warlords celebratehappy moments with firing.”

Another activist, Eng. Zaheer Shinwari, argued the bullets fired into the air eventually come back to the earth and might hurt the people living on it -- an avoidable misfortune.

Writer and journalist, Rahmatullah Zyarmal, said the celebratory firing proved the existence of weapons and dishonesty of police officials in districts. The government should prevent such irresponsible practices that fuelled concernsamong the people, he demanded.

“Although firing is not good, we want to express our happiness in this way,” remarked a young man in Jalalabad, Wazir Gul.

No one has been wounded or killed by the gunshots in the city, according to Director of Public HealthDr. Najibullah Kamawal.

Nangarhar’s deputy police chief, Col. Ghulam Rabbani, said five individuals involved in celebratory fire had been detained. He believed the people with arms licences were involved in such acts.

An emergency meeting with security officials was held to take measures to prevent celebratory fire, the governor’s spokesman, Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, said. More than 10 people have been arrested in connection with the firing into the air.

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