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1 killed, 5 injured as Laghman protest turns violent

1 killed, 5 injured as Laghman protest turns violent

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Aug 09, 2018 - 16:19

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): One person was killed and five others wounded after a protest against a provincial council member turned violent in the capital of neighboring Laghman province on Thursday.

The protestors emerged from Tergari area of Mehtarlam city and arrived in front of the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) office this morning.

They claimed the bodyguards of a provincial council member, Abdul Aziz, beat a person named Dr. Jawad in Tergari area on Tuesday.

Governor’s spokesman, Sarhadi Zwak confirmed, the protest against Abdul Aziz turned violent in Mehtarlam as one protestor was killed and five others were wounded in police firing.

He said the demonstrators wanted to enter to the IEC office, but police in order to disperse them fired into the air.

Six people sustained wounds in the firing but one of them died of his injuries on the way to hospital, Zwak said, adding the five others had sustained slight injuries and were discharged after receiving treatment.

However, the provincial council member, Abdul Aziz, denied his bodyguards had beaten Dr. Jawad, saying his guards  defended his vehicle from being attacked by Jawad.

“I was assessing an area for a road construction with engineers when a person came and tried to attack me, my guards defended me and they held the person who then played falling unconscious,” Aziz added.

He said the issue should be investigated and anyone found guilty should be brought to justice.

Sarhadi Zwak also said an investigation into the case was underway and more details about the issue would be shared later.

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