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Kabul police assure security for Nawroz

Kabul police assure security for Nawroz

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Mar 14, 2011 - 15:41

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Kabul police have taken extra security measures to ensure that Nawroz, the Afghan New Year, will pass off peacefully, officials said on Monday.

"Special security measures have been taken by security personnel so residents of Kabul can celebrate Nawroz peacefully," crime branch chief, Col. Mohammad Zahir, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

A total of 14,000 police would be on alert on March 21, as well as Afghan National Army soldiers and members of the National Directorate of Security, the intelligence bureau, he said.

Security checkpoints have been established in many parts of the city where people are likely to gather to mark the holiday, he said.

Shah Shaheed shrine, Shohadae Saliheen, Tapa Karta-i-Naw, Tapa Nadar Khan and Maranjan, Tapa Bibi Mahro, Bagrami Park, Bagh-i-Bala, Karta-i-Se, Khair Khana Park, Qargha dam, Paghman district park and other locations are under police observation, he said.

Police of 14 districts of Kabul, police headquarters and reserve battalions have been in charge of security measures over the past month, but have been paying more attention recently, he said.

He asked residents of Kabul to help police and other security personnel to maintain security of the province. He also asked people not to allow their children to use fire-crackers, which could spark panic.

"If the people cooperate with us, there will be no incident during Nawroz and other days," Capt. Abdul Rauf, a police officer on duty on airport road, said.

As police cannot search all vehicles over that time, they would only stop and search those that are suspicious, he said. With the people’s cooperation, police would arrest militants and prevent incidents, he said.

Police are working day and night to ensure a peaceful environmentinfo-icon for the people, he said.

Nawroz is celebrated across Afghanistaninfo-icon with the biggest ceremony held in Mazar-i-Sharif, where thousands of people participate.

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