Supporters of Hizb-e-Islami on Friday allegedly attacked supporters of the Jamiat-e-Islami party in Argo district of Badakhshan, leaving two dead and nine wounded, said Maulavi Hamidullah Muslim, a member of Badakhshan’s provincial council and supporter of Jamiat-e-Islami.
“A number of men related to Hizb-e-Islami on Friday attacked supporters of the Jamiat-e-Islami party and killed two people who were shopkeepers and wounded nine other supporters of Jamiat-e-Islami. Then Akbari’s men with his brother attacked on our house and that open fire on us,” Muslim said.
However, members of Hizb-e-Islami in the province said the attack was not carried out by their supporters.
Saifullah Akbari, a member of Hizb-e-Islami and the commander of public policing order in Argo, rejected the claims and said there was no animosity between the two groups in the area and that police had killed the two civilians.
But he said Hamidullah Muslim, along with his son, Saifullah Muslim a member of parliament had caused problems for Argo residents.
“Jamiat-e-Islami and Hizb-e-Islami do not have problems in Badakhshan. Muslim gathered the people and spoke to them over a loud speaker and then attacked the police headquarters. Police reacted to their move and a few people were killed and wounded,” Akbari said.
“The parties do not have any problems. The clashes happened between irresponsible armed men and the commander of public uprising. After a few hours of firing, police managed to control the situation,” said Zahid Mosadiq, district governor of Argo.
“Parties do not have problems in Badakhshan, but a number of irresponsible persons used their names. The situation is under control and we are trying to arrest the perpetrators,” said Ghulam Sakhi Ghafoori, chief of Badakhshan police.
Argo is the biggest and the most secure district of Badakhshan – where Taliban are not active.
However, military analysts believe that both parties should call their supporters to order.