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Social activist Omarkhel attacked, hospitalized

20 Nov 2016 - 17:16
20 Nov 2016 - 17:16

KABUL (Pajhwok): Young social activist and a Ministry of Finance employee, Mirwais Omarkhel, was shot and injured by unknown gunmen in capital Kabul last night.

Dr. Aimal Sherzad, a close friend of Omarkhel, told Pajhwok Afghan News the incident occurred in Old Macro Rayan area. Omarkhel was shot twice and had been shifted to Wazir Akbar Khan hospital.

In a telephonic interview, Mirwais Omarkhel confirmed the attack on him and said he was shot twice in his the chest and shoulder, but he was now recovering.

“I was going home last night when some four or five people wearing commando coats came close to me. They wanted to hit me in the head and knock me unconscious and then either kill me or kidnap me”, said Omarkhel.

But he ran and the gunmen opened fire at him. The gun used was silencer-fitted, the activist said.

He said local residents then gathered in the area and took him to hospital. The attackers fled after the arrival of other people.

Omarkhel said had no enmity with anyone, but he had been receiving threats from domestic and foreign circles.

Security officials remained silent about the attack on Omarkhel. However, National Security Council spokesman Tawab Ghorzang condemned the incident and said efforts were being made to arrest the assailants.

“The government will investigate this incident very deeply and will arrest the assailants so they could be punished”, he added.


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