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Former HIA commander Qalam killed in Logar clash

Former HIA commander Qalam killed in Logar clash

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Jul 29, 2017 - 15:20

PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Former Hezb-i-Islamiinfo-icon Afghanistaninfo-icon (HIA) commander Qalam has been killed as a result of a dispute over land in the Bagrami district of central Logar province, an official said on Saturday.

Provincial Council (PC) member Abdul Wali Wakeel told Pajhwok Afghan News the clash erupted between the Malangi family and Kochis from Azra in the Band-i-Ghazi area of the district late on Friday night.

“Last year, a similar clash had happened in the area. Yesterday, commander Qalam and Haji Sher Agha, commander Zardad’s brother, had gone to the area to resolve the dispute,” the public representative said

According to Wakeel, members of the Malangi family opened fire at them and gunned them down Qalam and Haji Sher Agha. Three others were wounded in the shooting.

An inhabitant of the area, who did not want to be named, linked the clash to a land dispute between Qalam, the Malangi family and another person named Pacha.

He said Pacha had a real estate office, which was set alight by Qalam’s gunmen. Subsequently, Zardad sent his brother Haji Sher Agha to resolve the problem between them.

Agha met Pacha and convinced him to resolve the problem through dialogue. He added Agha returned to Qalam. Pacha also came there with his people, prompting Qalam to order his men to disarm Pacha’s loyalists.

Thus the clash erupted and the casualties took place, the resident explained. Deputy district chief, Ahmad Javed, also confirmed the incident, which happened at 9:00pm.

He said the property centre was attacked and destroyed at 6:00pm by commander Qalam’s fighters. Police arrived in the area after Qalam’s men attacked Agha and Pacha. An investigation has been launched into the incident.

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