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Afghans protest against Spanish police after shooting

AFP

Hundreds of furious Afghans tried to storm a small NATO base in north western Afghanistan Wednesday after a trainee Afghan police officer shot dead two Spanish police and an interpreter in north-eastern Afghanistan before security forces shot him dead.  

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Television footage showed crowds of angry men in turbans and shalwar kameez throwing rocks at the front gate of the Spanish base in protest at the killing of the local officer.

The incident that left more than two dozen men injured, police and doctors said.

The two members of Spain’s paramilitary Guardia Civil were training police at Qalaw-i-Naw base in Badghis province, Spain’s Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba told Cadena Sur radio. The interpreter was also Spanish, he said.

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Security forces then shot dead the assailant.

About 1,000 Afghans tried to storm the base when news of the trainee’s death spread, provincial governor Dilbar Jan Arman told the Reuters news agency.

Earlier local people had said that several thousand joined the protest, setting fire to parts of the base, and that troops had opened fire on them, wounding or killing several people.

The International force in Afghanistan, Isaf, confirmed that a protest took place but gave no more details.

Last month an Afghan soldier killed three British soldiers, while last year five British soldiers were killed in similar circumstances.

 

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