Muqur District, Ghazni
Muqur (also spelt Moqur) is a district in the southwest of Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. Its population, which is mostly Pashtun belonging to the Ali Khel tribe along with 1% Hazara and Tajik, was estimated at 70,900 in 2002, of whom 19,538 were children under 12.
On 8 May 2016, a vehicular accident on a stretch of the Kabul-Kandahar Highway occurred in the district, killing 73. Two buses travelling from Kabul to Kandahar collided with a fuel tanker. The stretch of highway in this district is reportedly dangerous due to Taliban presence, and the vehicles were speeding to avoid ambush.
The district is divided in four main areas:
- Khoband – Pashtoon area
- Khodzaie – Pashtoon area
- Gadakhel - Pashtoon area
- Manger Khel – Pashtoon, Hazara, Tajik and Hindus
Main crops include wheat, alfalfa, peas, beans and honey melons. Animal husbandry includes sheep, goats, domestic poultry and a limited number of donkeys and horses.
Politics and Governance
- Map of Muqur (PDF)
- "District Profile" (PDF). UNHCR. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
- "Fuel-tanker crash kills over 70 in Afghanistan's Ghazni". Al-Jazeera May 8 2016. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/05/afghanistan-road-crash-ghazni-160508115025713.html
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