Coronavirus: Six killed in clashes at Afghanistan food aid protest

(BBC) – At least six people were killed when protesters angry at the distribution of food aid clashed with security forces in western Afghanistan, officials say.

The violence began after demonstrators gathered in Firozkoh, the capital of Ghor province, to complain about the perceived failure to help the poor during the coronavirus pandemic.

Gunmen in the crowd attacked a government office, prompting security forces to open fire, the interior ministry says.

Two policemen and four civilians died.

Local volunteer radio presenter Ahmadkhan Nawid was among those killed, according to the Afghanistan Journalists’ Centre.

Nine civilians and ten police officers were also injured, the interior ministry said.

The human rights group Amnesty International called for an independent and effective investigation into what it said was the “use of unnecessary and excessive force” that led to the killing of the civilians.

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