BAGRAM, Afghanistan (March 17) – One person was injured and several others arrested after a demonstration in Logar Province yesterday was marred by violence when militants in the crowd fired at Afghan and Combined Joint Task Force-101 forces.
More than 200 people walked from Baraki Barak to Pul-E-Alam in what started as a peaceful demonstration, but was interrupted by rock-throwing at a CJTF-101 vehicle and small-arms fire from militants who had used the opportunity to blend in with the civilian crowd.
One person was slightly injured after militant members of the crowd opened fire at Afghan and CJTF-101 troops in the area. As the crowd encircled an outpost, two armed protestors began firing their rifles toward the troops. The CJTF-101 service members responded with three deliberate shots, grazing one of the attackers in the leg.
The injured shooter was treated at the scene and taken into custody by Afghan National Police (ANP), who transported him to a local clinic.
Several other people were arrested by Afghan National Security Forces after being spotted carrying rocket-propelled grenade launchers near the district center.
The ANP dispersed the crowd peacefully after a few hours.