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Youth’s killing sparks protest in Samangan

Youth’s killing sparks protest in Samangan

Feb 20, 2016 - 20:33

AIBAK (Pajhwok): A large number of people on Saturday staged a protest demonstration against the killing of a young man allegedly by gunmen loyal to an illegal tribal militia commander in northern Samangan province.

The illegal commander, Abdul Manan, along with his gunmen laid siege to the house of 22-year-old Shahabuddin in Tasma village on the outskirts of Aibak, the provincial capital, and shot the young man dead in front of his family members on Friday, alleged one of the protestors, Haji Khosh Murad.

He said the illegal commander had been operating in Qara-i-Tayekhwank area of Aibak over the past two years forcibly collecting usher, zakat and taxes from local residents. He said the commander few months ago killed four persons and injured eight others in a clash over taxes on pistachios.

The protestors, who gathered near the governor’s house, warned the governor of taking the law into their own hands if the illegal commander was not brought to justice.

Governor Mohammad Hashim Razi emerged from his office and met the protestors. He promised a military operation to arrest the commander. The governor said if the illegal commander refused to surrender, he would be eliminated along with his gunmen. The governor said it was responsibility of the government to protect lives and properties of citizens.

In other news, sixteen prisoners were freed from the central jail in the capital of Samangan in compliance with two separate presidential decrees number 90 and 117, the prison’s deputy commander said.

Col. Gul Ahmad told Pajhwok Afghan News the decrees had been issued on the occasions of Eidul Azha and Eid Miladun Nabi (SAW). As many as 297 prisoners, including 282 men and 15 women, are being held at the central jail serving jail terms from one year to 20 years against different crimes. They include 90 prisoners convicted of murders.