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Kandahar needs more border guards

Kandahar needs more border guards

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Aug 04, 2011 - 16:10

KANDAHARCITY (PANinfo-icon): The southern province of Kandahar needs more forces to guard its frontiers with Zabul and Pakistaninfo-icon, a border police commander said on Thursday.

The border police force was responsible for manning the country's frontiers and preventing the movement of terrorists and drug smugglers, said Col. Tafsir Khan Khogyani. 

Over the past few weeks, border police had detained 35 suspected militants and drug smugglers and handed them over to the authorities concerned, he told journalists at the Governor's House.

During the operations, 3,000 kilograms of chemicals, 5,000 kg of explosives, 18 Ak-47 assault rifles, 10 walkie-talkies, 193 landmines, 14 suicide vests, 170 kg of heroin, 840 kg of hashish and eight cars were seized.

The border police force had been able to repulse many militant attacks in Kandahar and Zabul provinces, inflicting casualties on the fighters. Most of police fatalities resulted from roadside bombings, not from clashes with the insurgents, the commander explained.

Khogyani said they needed additional men to guard the 63-kilometre border between the Registan district of Kandahar and Pakistan. At the moment, the frontier remains unmanned.

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