clash over land dispute

Clash Over Land Dispute Leaves Five Dead in Sar-e-Pul

A clash between two conflicting parties over a land dispute left five people dead and two others wounded in Gosfandi district of the northern Sar-e-Pul province on Saturday, according to a local Taliban official.

A resident of Alghan Uzbekia village wanted to build a house on state-owned land while the other villagers opposed and tried to stop him, said Mohammad Ibrahim Mukallaf, spokesman for the Taliban’s governor in Sar-e-Pul.

The dispute between the two sides turned violent yesterday, he said. The man who wanted to build the house opened fire on the villagers killing five people, including his sister, and wounding two others.

The local Taliban official confirmed that the murderer has been arrested. Afghanistan witnesses occasional deadly incidents over land disputes and the level of such incidents has reportedly increased in recent year.

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