Categories: World News

Six Dead In Afghanistan After Food Donation Turns Violent

Women wait to receive free bread from the municipality outside a bakery during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan as government-imposed a nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Kabul on April 29, 2020. WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP

 

Two policemen and four other people were killed in Afghanistan on Saturday after a deadly clash at a public food donation in central Ghor province, officials said.

Hundreds of people had gathered outside the governor’s office in the provincial capital Firozkoh, where a Qatari group was distributing aid.

It was not immediately clear why the gathering turned violent, but officials blamed armed men in the crowd.

“The protesters opened fire on the police,” the provincial governor’s spokesman Aref Haber said.

“Four civilians, including an employee of a local radio and two policemen were killed,” he said, adding that 19 people were also wounded.

He said the protesters also beat security personnel and an investigation into the incident was underway.

The interior ministry confirmed the death toll in a statement, saying “some illegal armed men in the mob attacked the government building”, which prompted police to fire into the air to disperse the crowd.

Abdul Rahman Akshan, the deputy head of Ghor’s provincial council, also confirmed the incident and the death toll.

Afghan Vice President Amrullah Saleh said the attack was “shocking” and announced that the “government was seriously investigating the incident” in a Facebook post.

The aid group was distributing food to about 1,000 local families. Food drives are a common practice in the country during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Afghanistan is battling a growing coronavirus outbreak that has exacerbated problems with food access in the impoverished country.

 

AFP

Solomon Elusoji

Disqus Comments Loading...
Share
Published by
Solomon Elusoji
Tags: Afghanistan protesters violence

Recent Posts

  • Coronavirus
  • World News

UK To Set Up COVID-19 Alert System

  British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to unveil an alert system on Sunday to monitor the nationwide coronavirus…

1 min ago
  • Local

Nigeria Records 11 More COVID-19 Deaths, Total Now 128

  Eleven more people have died of coronavirus (COVID-19) as the number of cases surged past 4,000. The Nigeria Centre…

55 mins ago
  • Headlines

[UPDATED] Nigeria Records 239 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Infections Exceed 4,000

  Nigeria has reported 239 new COVID-19 cases, increasing the total number of infections in the country to 4,151 cases.…

11 hours ago
  • Coronavirus

Kwara Reports First COVID-19 Death, Four New Cases

  The Kwara State government says it has recorded its first COVID-19 death. This was revealed in a statement released…

13 hours ago
  • Local

Ondo FRSC Intercepts Truck Conveying 13 Youths

  The Ondo State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Saturday said it intercepted a truck conveying…

13 hours ago
  • Sports

Umtiti Picks Up Calf Injury As Barcelona Players Return To Training

  France defender Samuel Umtiti has picked up a calf injury in just the second session since Barcelona returned to training from…

13 hours ago