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Clash over Kabul house eviction ends, 18 arrested

Clash over Kabul house eviction ends, 18 arrested

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Dec 04, 2018 - 16:38

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Security forces entered the house of a powerful figure in capital Kabul on Tuesday and arrested him and his 17 bodyguards, ending an hours long stand-off.

Police clashed with guards of Tasmim Shansab on Monday after they attempted to evict his family from the house in compliance with court orders.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) yesterday said one policeman was killed and six others including a journalist and chief of quick reaction force were wounded during the battle.

Najibullah Danish, MoI spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the clash broke out after Attorney General Office (AGO) officials tried to vacate the house of TasmimShansab.

As the standoff entered a second on Tuesday, police arrested Shansab and his 13 guards. Police had arrested five supporters of Shansab on Monday.

Some reports say one of Shansab friends was killed and six policemen were wounded in the yesterday’s clash. A number of shops and houses in the area received damages during the clash.

Some reports said the house belongs to former defense minister Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak and his bodyguards clashed with police.

However, Wardak in a statement rejected his guards had clashed with police, saying the disputed house was owned by Tasmim Shansab, son of NasruddinShansab.

The statement said the house had been claimed by someone else and the clash took place after the claimant moved the court.

The statement said Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak is currently living in Shash Darak area of Kabul and the incident in Haji Yahqob Square has no relation with him.

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