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10 Police Killed as Taliban Attacks Salma Dam Security Post



(Last Updated On: June 25, 2017)

An Afghan official says 10 policemen were killed as Taliban militants attacked a security checkpoint at the Salma Dam in western Herat province of Afghanistan.

Provincial governor’s spokesman Ghulam Jailani Farhad said,” the attack took place last night around 11:00 pm over a public protection check post in Chesht district and lasted for an hour. As a result ten Afghan security forces lost their lives.”

He added that four militants were also killed by the security forces during the clashes.

The Salma Dam, located 165km east of Herat, has been a target of Taliban attacks in the past and is heavily guarded by security posts.

The Dam also known as “India-Afghan Friendship Dam” was inaugurated by President Ashraf Ghani and Indian Prime Minister in June last year It was funded and built by India at a cost of about $275m to produce 42 megawatts of electricity for Herat.


Farmers stage protest over cancellation of budget for 1,450 agricultural projects – Herat



(Last Updated On: June 23, 2020)

Dozens of farmers rallied in front of a Herat governor’s office to protest on the cancellation of nearly 1,500 agricultural projects in the province.

The farmers accuse the central government of “double standards” over implementing development projects.

They claimed that although the implementation of 1,450 agricultural projects has been started in the province in the past one month, the budget for these projects yet to be approved.

Meanwhile, officials at the Herat Chamber of Agriculture and Finance say the cancellation of the projects will cause huge economic losses to farmers.

Najibullah Rahmati, deputy director of the chamber, said that in the current situation, farmers need serious government support.

On the other hand, officials from the Herat Department of Agriculture acknowledged that the construction of more than 1,000 raisins farms and 420 onion warehouses in various districts of the province has been suspended due to the rejection of the ministry’s budget by the House of Representatives.

The Herat local government confirms the problems raised by the protesting farmers, a spokesman for the governor of Herat insisted that the governor himself had met with the protesting farmers and promised to pursue their demands in Kabul.

The total number of projects to be implemented in the country’s various provinces was about 15,000, but the ministry’s budget and amendment plan were twice rejected by the House of Representatives. The projects which were done 30%, has been stopped.

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Coronavirus rapidly spreads around Herat due to poor precautions



(Last Updated On: May 10, 2020)

Over 120 government employees have been exposed to the Coronavirus due to poor precautions in service offices in Herat. The infected employees are currently in-home quarantine.

They are fine, say public health officials. A research conducted by Ariana in Herat shows that the recklessness of government employees and visitors has led to the transmission of the virus.

The findings of the study show that 4 employees of the Department of Transportation, 3 employees of the Water Supply Department, 4 employees of the Municipality, 3 employees of the Tax Department, 5 employees of the Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat, 75 employees of the Public Health Department, 10 policemen, 4 employees of the Herat Ambulance, 3 provincial employees, including the head of Human Resources, 11 imams, and 8 employees of the Herat Customs Department, have been exposed to the virus.

Head of Herat’s Public Health Department Dr. Abdul Hakim Tamana, says the communicatory virus has hiked due to the irresponsible conduct of government employees and the citizens. “If this doesn’t change, it could exacerbate the Coronavirus disaster in the near future,” he added.

At the same time, a number of government officials in Herat underline that there are no sufficient health gears in the office to fight the virus.

Sharif Ahmad, a government employee, says they are given a number a mask and pair of gloves for a whole week, even though they deal with a large number of visitors every day.

“Although three of our employees have been infected by the virus, no action has been taken to disinfect the premises,” he said.

At the same time, Engineer Ratib Hamim, head of water supply authority, confirms that one of his employees has been infected with the virus.

Hamim says they are a service provider, and they have continued to work for the past two months despite the quarantine. “People who come to the office do not have masks and do not follow safety measures,” he says.

Ghulam Hazrat Mushfeq, the mayor of Herat, also confirms the transmission of the COVID19 in service administrations, adding that the process of disinfecting public places and some government offices is being carried out on daily basis.

Recently, in a press conference, the governor of Herat ordered the entire service to pay extra attention to healthcare guidelines and wear masks at all times.

Meanwhile, Dr. Ibrahim Mohammadi, head of Herat Ambulances, emphasizes that the number of people living with the coronavirus in Herat is still the rise.

“Most people are scared of being hospitalized at COVID19 wards – hiding that they have been contracted and/or going into home quarantine,” Mohammadi said.

He also confirms that over 120 employees of various government administrations across the city have been infected with the deadly Coronavirus.

It is noteworthy that Herat is the epicenter of the COVID19 in Afghanistan and was the first province exposed to the virus in late February 2020.

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Ghor protests take six lives



(Last Updated On: May 9, 2020)
At least six people, including Ahmad Khan Navid, a correspondent for Ghor’s local radio station, were killed and 19 others were injured during protests in Firuzkuh, Ghor.
Civil society activists in Ghor province say some people went on protests after they failed to receive donations from a Qatari Aid Organization in Firuzkuh.
The protest turned into a riot when the police fired in the air to move hundreds of protesters away.
Ghor Governor Ghulam Nasir Khazih said the protesters were joined by unknown gunmen, who fueled the riot.
The interior ministry said in a statement that two policemen and four civilians – including a journalist – were killed in the incident.
According to Khazih, the protest took place when a Qatari Aid Organization distributed aid to some 1500 needy, while others didn’t happen to receive any aid.
Reportedly, the demonstration began by throwing stones at the governor’s office and the Ghor Police Headquarters. According to the police, they fired shots into the air to disperse the crowd, while eyewitnesses say it was a targeted shootout that took several lives.
Meanwhile, Amnesty International South Asia has called on the Afghan authorities to “immediately order an independent and effective investigation into the use of unnecessary and excessive force” during the protest.

It is worth mentioning that like the rest of the country, people in Ghor have also lost their jobs due to the restrictions and lockdown aimed to stop the Coronavirus outbreak.
The nation is going through difficult times waiting for the government and national and international donor bodies to give them a hand.
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