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Shops suffer significant damage in Shahr-i-Naw clash

Shops suffer significant damage in Shahr-i-Naw clash

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Dec 05, 2018 - 18:38

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Shopkeepers and a private company on Wednesday claimed losing millions of afghanis in damage caused during a protracted armed battle over a house eviction in Kabul.

Police clashed with guards of a powerful man, TasmimShansab, on Monday after the police attempted to evict him from the house in compliance with court orders. The clash continued into Tuesday, 48 hours after it began near Haji Yaqub square.

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.

Shansab’s housed was heavy damaged during the clash and still cordoned off by police. Journalists are not allowed to enter the facility.

The Best International Company and a number of shops in the vicinity suffered financial losses and broken glasses could be seen in front of these shops.

Ershad Sapi, head of the Best Company, told Pajhwok Afghan News security forces used his company as their bastion during the attack on Shanshab’s house.

He said their one vehicle, computers, printers and other office equipment were destroyed in the clash. The company in total suffered $27, 000 loss.

He said: “We don’t know what should traders do and to whom approach. We receive threats from robbers and powerful individuals and sometimes our children are kidnapped,” he said.

Tasal Hussain, a computer and stationary items seller, said his goods worth 500,000 afghanis were lost in the incident.

“Who will compensate our losses. The government has so far not inquired about those who suffered losses in the vicinity,” he said.

Interior Ministry’s Deputy spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said a delegation had been tasked with investigating financial losses in the incident.

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