Afghan police fire into the air to disperse burial crowd

by Reuters
Friday, 23 September 2011 07:41 GMT

KABUL, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Afghan police on Friday fired into the air to disperse a large crowd gathered near a hill in the city's diplomatic enclave where slain former president Burhanuddin Rabbani was due to be buried later in the day.

"There is no security threat, the situation is under control," Mohammad Zahir, head of the Kabul police Crime Investigation Unit, told Reuters.

"Many people gathered near the hilltop to attend the burial but they had not been searched or checked. Police fired into the air to disperse the crowd."

(Reporting by Hamid Shalizi, writing by Emma Graham-Harrison, editing by Martin Petty)

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