4 killed as protest rally turns violent

GHAZNI (AIP): A protest rally against the exhumation of two corpses allegedly killed by foreign forces turned violent this morning (Aug. 05) in Qalat City as  a result four people including a cop were killed and six others wounded, police said Friday. “Foreign forces killed a Taliban commander, Sharif, along with his two associates yesterday. Security forces exhumed this body on the order of the court for identification. In reaction to the move, the local residents started a protest demonstration without informing the security forces,” Colonel Nabi Ilham, police chief of Zabul province, told Afghan Islamic Press (AIP).“Gunmen who infiltrated in the protesters opened fire on police, killing one and wounding another cop while three protesters were also killed and four wounded in retaliatory fire by police,” he said.The provincial police chief said the protest was launched by residents of Khawar and Hazra villages, near Qala city.He had earlier said that two civilians and a cop were killed in the clash. An eyewitness, however, said the protesters wanted to extend their protest to provincial capital Qalat but police blocked them by opening fire on them.He said a 12-year-old boy was also among the injured.A press release issued by press office of Zabul governor said five porters were wounded in the clash. It said the angry protesters also attacked a convoy of foreign forces windscreens of several vehicles.

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