Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of the village of Malwand today, protesting against NATO night raids in a neighboring village. The protest ended in tragedy when Afghan police opened fire on them, killing ten and wounding at least 14 others.
Provincial officials defended the attack, with the chief of police claiming that the protesters were actually “Taliban infiltrators.” They also claimed the protests weren’t against the night raid, but rather against Pakistan. Both claims were rejected by participants.
Bizarrely, some local officials also claimed that several of the demonstrators were wearing “suicide vests,” though there was no indication that any explosions were reported and everyone killed appears to have died of police gunfire.