At least six people were killed when protesters were enraged by what they see as an unfair distribution of food aid during the coronavirus pandemic in confrontation with the police. Afghanistanin the central province of Ghor.
Provincial councilor Abdul Basir Qaderi said the police opened fire on Saturday after protesters damaged government properties with stones and attacked security forces.
He said warning shots and water cannons failed to disperse the protesters. Among the dead were two policemen, a journalist and three protesters. Among the injured were 10 police officers and nine protesters.
"The city is in a military situation now," said Qaderi. "There are tanks on the roads."
O Afghanistan The Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) is analyzing "worrying reports of police firing on protesters," said its president Shaharzad Akbar on Twitter.
Amnesty International has also called for an independent investigation into the use of police force.
Reacting to the incident, Afghanistan's first vice president, Amrullah Saleh, said he was shocked and saddened by the news.
"We will investigate the incident seriously," wrote Saleh on Facebook.
Ghor is one of the most needy, underdeveloped and insecure provinces in the country.
Afghanistan has started distributing free bread in bakeries to the poor as the coronavirus blockade continues.
Across the country, there were about 4,000 confirmed cases in 15,000 tests performed.
The World Bank said on Friday, in addition to political and security uncertainties, the global pandemic and the high rate of poverty caused major challenges in Afghanistan.
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