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Officials reject security forces besieged Zaief’s house

Officials reject security forces besieged Zaief’s house

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Mar 17, 2019 - 18:06

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Some sources on Sunday claimed security forces surrounded the residence of Mullahinfo-icon Abdul Salam Zaeif and wounded one of his bodyguards during a clash, but officials rejected the claims.

Faiz Mohammad Zaland, a lecturer in Kabul University, said security forces besieged the home of Zaeif in Bagrami area of capital Kabul on Saturday evening and the siege continued until former president Hamid Karzai intervened on Sunday.

Zaland said security forces tried to enter Zaief’s house but his bodyguards resisted and one of them was injured. He said security forces left the area after Hamid Karzai intervened.

Pajhwok tried to contact media office of Hamid Karzai but failed.

Some media sources also reported that Afghan forces surrounded the house of Mullah Abdul Salam Zaief.

Zaief told Kabul News television channel that Afghan forces raided his house and wounded one of his bodyguards.

But Kabul police chief Brig. Gen. Sayed Mohammad Roshandil said: “It was a misunderstanding. Security forces surrounded the house of a land grabber known as Mullah Toti in Bagrami district of Kabul. The house of Toti is located close to the residence of Mullah Abdul Salam Zaief.”

He said the security forces were on a patrol in the area and were chasing a suspected person with a weapon, but later they found the person to be the bodyguard of Zaief.

He rejected security forces encircled the house of Zaief or injured someone.

Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi also said the Afghan forces on Saturday night raided the house of Mullah Toti who he described as a land grabber in Bagrami area.

He said Afghan forces discovered two weapons and other ammunition from Toti’s house. “Afghan forces had earlier recovered eight illegal weapons from Daud, Toti’s brother,” he said.

Rahimi also rejected if the house of Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeif was surrounded by security forces.

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