Afghans protest lawlessness in western province

14:21, October 05, 2009      

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Hundreds of people came to streets in Herat province, west of Afghanistan, Sunday to protest what they described administration's failure to ensure security for the citizens, police said.

"The demonstration took place in the wake of kidnapping a boy and killing him by kidnappers and the protestors accused police of failing to ensure security for citizens," a police officer in Herat city Noor Khan Nekzad told Xinhua.

A group of kidnappers, according to Nekzad, after receiving 20,000 U.S. dollars ransom from the father of the boy killed him and abandoned his body in the provincial capital Herat city the other day.

A relatively peaceful province in west Afghanistan until last year, Herat has been experiencing law and order problem, particularly kidnapping for ransom and militancy over the past several months.

Last week, a suicide car bomb targeting Ismael Khan, Minister of Energy and Water, in Herat city left at least four civilians dead and 17 others wounded.

Source: Xinhua
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