Helmand security has improved: Mangal
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The security situation in southern Helmand province had considerably improved after transition to Afghan forces, Governor Gulab Mangal claimed on Tuesday.
He linked the improvement to better coordination between Afghan and foreign forces, training and equipment of Afghan security personnel and good governance in the province.
During an exclusive interview, Mangal, told Pajhwok Afghan News Afghan forces had the ability to defeat insurgents. He noted a positive change in police behaviour, forcing rebels to shun violence.
Construction of roads and clinics, as well as agriculture projects in the Greshk, Sangin, Nawa, Nad Ali and Mardi districts had earned the government a lot of public support, he said.
As a result of the reconstruction schemes, residents were increasingly helping the security personnel in maintaining security across the province, the governor added. Residents also tip security forces off about militant hideouts and their plans to plant roadside bombs.
Another reason for improving security was deployment of the local police force to the province and establishment of the 215th Maiwand Military Corps, Mangal explained.
Deputy police chief, Col. Kamaluddin Sherzai, said security had been strengthened because national forces were being trained and equipped. Problems might be there, but the fighters were fleeing the province, he added.
Sangin had been the most violent district until recently, said a tribal elder, but its residents have started cooperating with the government, according to Shamsuddin Sahraee, who also noted a positive change in the situation.
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