Afghan traders announce indefinite protest against the killing of a kidnapped child
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||3 February 2013|
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February 03, 2013
By RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan
Hundreds demonstrate on February 2 against the killing of a kidnapped child in Afghanistan's Herat Province.
HERAT, Afghanistan – Trade unions and businesses in the western Afghan city of Herat have vowed to protest indefinitely until authorities arrest the killers of a businessman's son.
On February 3, hundreds of mourners participated in the funeral of eight-year-old Ali Sina who was killed on January 31, a month after being kidnapped.
Herat's factories have been shut down for three days to express solidarity with his family.
The victims' uncle Hafizullah says that the kidnappers had demanded $400,000 for releasing Sina, but he was killed even after the family paid them $95,000.
General Abdul Hamid Hamidy, the acting police chief of Herat Province, said that security forces have already detained several suspects.
Herat is a major trading hub and borders Iran and Turkmenistan.
Local traders have protested over a recent spike in crime that often targets their family members.