Afghan parliament attack hero arrested for fatal road accident

  • Agencies, Kabul
  • Updated: Jul 04, 2015 13:50 IST

The Afghan soldier who single-handedly killed six Taliban fighters during the recent attack on the Parliament has been arrested for a fatal traffic accident in Kabul.

Sergeant Essa Khan Laghmani, 28, was detained after a person died in the incident, interior ministry spokesperson Sediq Sediqi said. An investigation is ongoing and Laghmani is behind bars, he said.

Laghmani made the headlines inside and outside Afghanistan for his role in fending off a Taliban attack on the Parliament on June 22.

He was at the gate of the Parliament when seven Taliban fighters attacked it. One fighter detonated his explosives-laden vehicle at the gate and other armed militants tried to enter the Parliament.

Laghmani shot dead the militants one by one. “Taq Chapako!" – “Bang and down" in Dari – became an internet meme after he used the phrase in TV interviews to describe how he effortlessly knocked down his targets as though they were skittles in a bowling alley.

He was given a new three-bedroom apartment by President Ashraf Ghani and a HiLux vehicle by first vice president Abdul Rashid Dostam for his bravery.

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