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Locals compelled to flee homes in Kapisa town

Locals compelled to flee homes in Kapisa town

Apr 04, 2011 - 17:54

MAHMOOD RAQI (PANinfo-icon): Foreign troops are unable to differentiate between militants and local people during their operations in the central Kapisa province, residents said on Monday.

"Residents, who carry weapons at homes for self-defence, are often targeted by foreign troops because they can not differentiate them from Talibaninfo-icon, a resident of the Alasai district, Ahmad Shah, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

"People with weapons at home risk their arrest for being taken as Taliban fighters," he said.

"Since people had personal enmities, they keep guns at homes," a tribal elder and resident of the area, Naqashband, said.

Residents have no relations with the insurgents, but they were being arrested by NATOinfo-icon-led and Afghan soldiers in the name of Taliban, he said.  "Sometimes people flee homes fearing fight with forces," he said.

Another resident, Malak Sharib, said the Afghan government should send a special police force for the protection of people.

"The area is mountainous and people keep weapons for their own safety," the district police chief, Mungari, said. He complained that his district had an inadequate number of police.



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