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Ex-rebels join local police force

Ex-rebels join local police force

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Aug 17, 2011 - 14:03

QALA-I-NAW (PANinfo-icon): A hundred Talibaninfo-icon fighters, who recently joined the peace process in the Daraye Bom district of northeastern Badghis province, have been recruited into a local police force, an official said on Wednesday.

Based on the provincial quota, the men joined the local force to help the Afghan National Police (ANP) and Afghan National Army (ANA) maintain security, Deputy Governor Abdul Ghani Sabari told Pajhwok Afghan News.

With each receiving 9,250 afs ($200), including 3,250afs as food allowance, in monthly pay, they formally joined the local force at a ceremony in the remote district. Introduced to the government by tribal elders and influential figures, they will operate under the district police chief.

Local policemen, currently having a light green uniform, would be given another fatigue, Col. Abdul Jabbar Saleh, the provincial police chief, said.

The fighters loyal to Mullahinfo-icon Zarghoon joined the government six months ago. "I am very happy about joining the local force," said Mullah Ahmad Shah, one of the surrendering men. 

According to the Ministry of Interior, 300 people will be recruited into the local police force in each district.

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