Friday, December 8, 2023

7 killed during 5th day of demonstrations in Afghanistan

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Ahmad Shah Ghanizada
Ahmad Shah Ghanizadahttps://www.khaama.com
Ahmadshah Ghanizada is the deputy editor in chief for The Khaama Press Agency who manages and overlooks the English edition.

Thousands of Afghans on Saturday during the fifth day of demonstrations protested against the desecration of Holy Quran in Bagram air base.

At least 7 people were killed and more than 20 others were injured during the demonstrations in various cities and provinces of Afghanistan.

Violent demonstrations were reported in northern Kunduz province and in Mehtarlam at eastern Afghanistan while a peaceful demonstration was reported at eastern Jalalabad city on Saturday.

According to Afghan police officials in northern Kunduz province, protesters attacked a UN compound and started clashes with its security guards in this province.

The source further added, Afghan police forces shot in the area to prevent the protesters from attacking the UN compound.

Local residents said angry protesters also put fire to a number of shopping centers and a government compound.

In the meantime provincial public health chief Syed Mukhtar said, at least 50 people who were injured and 4 others who were killed during the demonstrations were brought to the hospital.

According to reports, a number of Afghan security forces were also among those killed during Saturday’s demonstration but the security officials have not confirmed the reports yet.

In the meantime at least 20 people were injured following demonstrations at Mehtarlam city in eastern Laghman province on Saturday.

Provincial governor for eastern Laghman province Mohammad Iqbal Azizi said, a number of militants also participated in the demonstrations and at least 17 of them were arrested by Afghan police.

He said the demonstrators wanted to attack his office and a number of other government offices in this province.

This comes as at least 20 people have been killed following demonstrations during the past 4 days across the country.

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