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Police assume security responsibility for Zabul-Kandahar Highway

Police assume security responsibility for Zabul-Kandahar Highway

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Sep 06, 2011 - 20:33

QALAT (PANinfo-icon): Afghan police on Tuesday took over the security responsibility for the Kabulinfo-icon-Kandahar Highway, officials said.

Previously controlled by the Afghan National Army personnel, five security posts along the highway from Zabul to Kandahar were handed over to police as part of the security transition, provincial police chief, Gen. Fazal Ahmad Sherzad, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

"The Kabul-Kandahar highway is the most important route, which needs better security arrangements," he said.

He said police had been trained well and laced with modern weapons and vehicles, rejecting the assertion that drug addiction was common among the police.

Sherzad also said that corruption in the police force had declined to a great extent and that people have been cooperating with them. "Therefore, we believe police can better control the checkpoints and the highway," the police chief said.

He added the ANA soldiers were being deputed on the Qalat-Mezan Highway for security.

Sher Rahman, a police officer, said  they would be able to maintain security for the highway if they were provided better facilities. He said they lacked drinking water, electricity, and night vision binoculars, while the ANA soldiers had all these things.

Ali Mohammad, a driver, feared rebel attacks would increase with the transition, saying ANA soldiers had been able to better maintain security for the highway.

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