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16 armed men detained in Badakhshan

16 armed men detained in Badakhshan

Mar 03, 2011 - 15:55

FAIZABAD (PANinfo-icon): Sixteen fighters were detained by police on Thursday after they fought each other in the northeastern province of Badakhshan, officials said.

The fighters, supporters of rival commanders Abdul Nasir and Abdul Malik, were detained on Thursday in Kran wa Mangan district, provincial police chief, Syed Hosain Safawi, told Pajhwok Afghan News. The fight took place on Wednesday and two of Malik’s supporters were injured, he said.  Malik is also the district police chief.

Three Kalashnikovs, a mortar, an anti-aircraft machinegun and three rocket launchers were recovered from the commanders, he said.

The followers of Nasir claimed Malik controlled the lapis lazuli mine in the district and was exploiting it, he said.

"Both commanders have armed men and fight for power and both of them are at fault," a tribal elder of the district, Gada Mohammad, said.

If the problem was not solved, civilians would be the ones who suffered, he said.

Some people oppose Malik being police chief, said Col. Amanullah, Jaram police district chief, who was sent to Karan Wa Manjan to investigate the incident.

He has been in the job for the past 10 years, but some people are not happy, he said.

The fight between the two commanders was under control, but the situation could turn critical if the problem was not solved, Amanullah, said.

A delegation including Nasir and 20 tribal elders from both sides was to travel to Kabulinfo-icon to discuss the issue with officials, Safawi, the provincial police chief said.



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