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    Private security firm weapons confiscated

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Officials in northern Balkh province said on Wednesday they had seized weapons and other equipment from a private foreign security company.

    The weapons confiscated from Guard-Volt Company included, 38 Kalashnikovs, 39 bullet-proof vests, 25 walkie-talkies and other materials, a police spokesman said.

    Col. Sher Jan Durani told Pajhwok Afghan News the firm's staff had not been arrested. The company office is adjacent to the airport in Dehdadi district.

    In compliance with the president's orders for disbandment of all private security firms, steps were being taken towards confiscation of unregistered weapons, the spokesman said.

    President Hamid Karzai has called several times for the dissolution of the private firms, some of them owned by senior government officials.

    There are 20 private security companies with regional offices in Balkh, Durrani said, adding they had been trying to dissolve them all.