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Ghazni residents protest civilian deaths in government-Taliban clash

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KABUL: Tens of residents of central Ghazni province took to the streets to vent their anger over civilian casualties as a result of clashes between the Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters in the provincial capital.

The protestors, who blocked the Kabul-Kandahar highway, claimed that Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters have used civilian houses as shields in Arzo village of Ghazni.

The protestors carried three corpses, whom they said were killed in mortars firing by the security forces that wounded two other civilians as well.

“It has been four months that war rigging and over 30 civilians, including women and children were killed,” said a protester, Abdullah Majid.

Another protestor, Samiulhaq, called on the security forces to remove their checkpoints from the residential areas. They warned of widespread protests if the government didn’t pay attention to remove their miseries.

Provincial Governor Spokesman, Wahidullah Jumazad had confirmed the killing of two civilians in a mortar incident.

It was unclear whether it was fired by the Afghan security forces or the Taliban insurgents, according to him. “The investigation is underway.”

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