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Parwan residents rally after many killed in mosque attack

Parwan residents rally after many killed in mosque attack

May 20, 2020 - 18:42


CHARIKARinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Hundreds of residents of central Parwan province on Wednesday staged a protest rally against the killing of worshipers inside a mosqueinfo-icon by gunmen.

Eight worshippers were killed and a dozen more wounded on Tuesday evening when gunmen sprayed them with bullets inside a mosque in Khalalzai village on the outskirts of Charikar, the provincial capital, police said, adding that all victims were civilians.

Parwan police chief Haroon Mubarez said the Talibaninfo-icon had a strong presence in the area, but the insurgents moved swiftly to deny their involvement.

The assailants opened fire at people breaking their Ramadaninfo-icon fast inside the mosque, according to Wahida Shahkar, spokeswoman for the governor.

The angry residents placed the dead bodies in front of the governor’s house and said the local government had failed to maintain security.

The protesters claimed that the worshipers had been killed by security forces.

Mualvi Waisuddin, one of the protestors, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “On Tuesday evening, two vehicles carrying unknown armed men entered the mosque and opened fire at worshipers and martyred eight of them.”

“This was not the work of Daesh and Taliban, the case is obvious,” he added.

Baryalai claimed that security forces stationed in the province were involved in the incident. He called on the government to find the perpetrators.

Wahida Shahkar, the governor’s spokesperson, confirmed the killing of 10 civilians and wounding of six others but rejected security forces involvement.

On the other hand, a source, wishing anonymity said: “On Monday evening, two vehicles arrived in Khwaja Khalil village and opened fire at a seminary belonging to Mualvi Lotfullah, a Taliban commander.”

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid also blamed security forces for the killing of civilians.


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