Kabul: Around 200 Afghans burned tyres and
blocked key roads near the presidential palace on day in angry
protest after bodyguards of a lawmaker allegedly killed at
least one person over a land dispute.
The unrest flared just southeast of the Afghan capital
Kabul when members of the Kuchi nomadic tribe clashed with
guards working for the lawmaker.
The interior ministry said one person was killed and
three others were wounded during the clash.
It is thought the dispute came over a planned land
development by the politician opposed by the Kuchis,
frequently seen on Afghan roads moving between areas with
their herds of goats and other animals.
A statement from the interior ministry said an armed
clash "over land" broke out between the Kuchis and associates
of the lawmaker around 8:00 am (2000 IST).
The Kuchis then brought their protest into the centre
of Kabul, near President Hamid Karzai`s fortified palace and
other key government offices, an AFP photographer at the scene
The photographer reported seeing three dead bodies
which the protesters claimed to have brought with them from
the earlier unrest.
He added that some protesters were carrying sticks and
burning tyres and that security forces had sealed off the area
and were firing water cannon to try to control the crowd.
The lawmaker and Kabul police were not immediately
contactable by AFP, while the interior ministry said it was
still checking details of the unrest in Kabul.
Pashtun nomads, estimated to number 2.4 million, move
around Afghanistan in search of pastures for their camels,
sheep and donkeys.