Markazi Bihsud District

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Markazi Bihsud District

ولسوالی مرکز بهسود
Markazi Bihsud District is located in Afghanistan
Markazi Bihsud District
Markazi Bihsud District
Location in Afghanistan
Coordinates: 34°18′57″N 68°02′52″E / 34.3157°N 68.0478°E / 34.3157; 68.0478Coordinates: 34°18′57″N 68°02′52″E / 34.3157°N 68.0478°E / 34.3157; 68.0478
Country Afghanistan
ProvinceMaidan Wardak
CapitalBihsud
Population
 • Total250,000
Time zoneUTC+4:30 (Afghanistan Standard Time)

Markaz-i Bihsūd District (Persian: ولسوالی مرکز بهسود‎) is a district of Maidan Wardak Province, Afghanistan. The main town is Bihsud.

The district has a Hazara majority resident population. The population of Markazi Bihsud is estimated at more than 250,000 people. The Markazi Behsud is the biggest district with large localities in Maidan Wardak Province.

For many years, there has been a flare-up in ethnic violence in the district. Local Hazaras accuse Pashtun nomads of destroying their crop fields, burning their homes and killing civilians. Pashtun nomads, locally known as Kuchi, enter the area every year in late spring, and allow their animals to graze on crop fields. Local Hazaras claim that Kuchi militias being armed with heavy weapons are supported by the Taliban and elements of the Afghan government. According to some latest reports, several villages have been burned and thousands of local villagers have had to flee the area in May–June 2012. The clashes reportedly resulted in the death of six local villagers on June 8, 2012. President Karzai's spokesman has accused the Taliban of being involved in the attacks against the villagers and their property.

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