Soldiers to protect Jawzjan gas reserves
SHIBERGHAN (PAN): Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been assigned with ensuring security of gas reserves in the northern province of Jawzjan, an official said on Wednesday.
"We had asked the Ministry of Interior Affairs deputing for a special unit at the sites, but no action was taken. As a result, we tasked soldiers to protect gas reserves," the provincial governor said.
Militants attacked the sites and kidnapped a Jarqduq Gas Exploration Company worker two months back, Mohammad Alam Sayee told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Afghans soldiers were deputed close to the company's office to prevent insurgent attacks on natural resources, the governor added.
In addition to protecting the reserves, the soldiers would also maintain security in the area, said army commander, Col. Naqibullah Yush. "The soldiers will stay there until local police are able to protect the locations."
When policemen were ready to guard the wells, the soldiers would leave the area, said the Jawzjan police chief, Brig. Gen. Abdul Azizi Ghairat. However, he would not give an exact date.
According to information from Afghan Gas Enterprises, there are about 144 wells in Khwaja Gogardak, Jarqduq and Yatim Taq areas of the province.
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