One dead in Afghan protest: Officials

The protest was against detention of an alleged insurgent by Afghan forces.

Last Updated: Apr 18, 2011, 13:32 PM IST

Kabul: One person died and ten others were wounded when shooting broke out at a protest north of Kabul on Monday against the detention of an alleged insurgent by foreign and Afghan forces, officials said.

About 3,000 people rallied in Charikar, the capital of Parwan province about 30 miles (50 kilometres) north of the capital, after the arrest of three men by NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Afghan forces.

Two of those detained on Sunday were later released, but one is still being held, triggering the protests, ISAF spokesman Major Tim James confirmed.

Interior Ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary said that the rally had started small with 500 people protesting, "but now the numbers have increased to around 3,000”.

Mohammad Qasim Sayed, the provincial public health director, said one person had been killed and ten others were injured in the shooting and admitted to hospital for treatment.

Charikar is in one of the safer regions in Afghanistan, close to the giant Bagram Airfield, one of the biggest military bases for Western troops in the war-torn country.

There are around 130,000 international troops in Afghanistan fighting a Taliban-led insurgency alongside Afghan government forces.

Bureau Report