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MoD assigns commission to probe into Wardak incident

“Former President Hamid Karzai condemned shell-firing in Wardak”

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The Ministry of Defense (MoD) has assigned a commission to investigate the recent incident of mortar shell firing in Maidan Wardak province that led to killing of 10 civilians and injured six others.

According to reports, mortar shells fired by Afghan security forces hit a playground in Sayed Abad district of the province killed 10 civilians and wounded six others. Most of the victims of the incident were teenagers.

A spokesman for the MoD, Dawlat Waziri, told Azadi Radio on Saturday that the commission is responsible to probe into the incident. “The acting Minister of Defense, Masoom Stankzai, have assigned the commission to investigate the incident and bring the culprits to book,” he added.

Ex-President Hamid Karzai in a statement issued on Saturday strongly condemned the mortar attack. He said that killing innocent civilians was in sharp contrast with Islamic instructions. Karzai urged warring sides to practice more caution to avoid civilian casualties. Hamid Karzai extended his condolences to the bereaved families and prayed or quick recovery of the wounded.

Wolesi Jirga (the Lower House of the parliament) in its plenary session also slammed the mortar shell firing and urged the government to investigate the incident.

The Second Deputy Speaker of the Wolesi Jirga Nazir Ahmad Ahmadzai, who was chairing the session, strongly condemned the incident. He assigned the internal security commission of the house to launch probe into the incident.

Sherwali Wardak, a lawmaker of the province, said those responsible for the attack want to create differences among Afghans.

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