Afghan police shoot into the air as landslide aid truck attacked

Displaced Afghans wait for aid near the site of a landslide at the Argo district in Badakhshan province, Afghanistan, May 5, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

(Reuters) – Afghan police fired gunshots into the air on Tuesday to disperse villagers who fought police and aid workers distributing emergency supplies near the remote site of a deadly landslide, witnesses said.

Aid agencies have rushed tons of supplies to more than 4,000 displaced by the landslide in Aab Bareek, a village in the Argo district of Badakhshan in the northeast of the country, that was partially destroyed when the side of mountain collapsed on Friday.

Tensions have been running high in the area, as victims say emergency supplies are not arriving fast enough. Compounding the difficulties, residents of neighboring poor villages have walked to the refugee centre in a bid to get food and other rations.

The Geneva-based International Organization for Migration said distribution of aid had been halted due to the shooting and insecurity.