4 held over fuel theft from Supreme Group
JALALABAD/KABUL (PAN): Four people have been arrested for allegedly stealing and selling 16,000 litres of oil belonging to the Supreme Group in central Maidan Wardak province, an official said on Saturday.
The fuel had been stolen on the way to Kabul from southern Kandahar province after one driver broke from a convoy in Syedabad district on the pretext that his vehicle had encountered a technical fault.
Loaded with 80 drums of oil, the vehicle was part of the convoy carrying supplies of the Supreme Group, said the governor’s spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani.
He said the driver then sold the oil to the Haji Kochi filling station in Syedabad district and later set the vehicle on fire in connivance with his two friends in the Sheikhabad area. The fire was extinguished by local police personnel, the official said.
Khogyani said security forces had arrested four persons in connection with the theft and they had confessed to their crime.
The incident comes days after five persons, including local police personnel, were arrested on the charge of stealing tens of thousands of litres of oil in Wardak.
In eastern Nangarhar, police seized 29 kilograms of opium from a tractor and detained two people in connection with the seizure a day earlier.
Police chief, Brig. Gen. Fazal Ahmad Sherzad, said that the drugs -- placed skillfully in the vehicle -- were confiscated in Surkh Rod district. The pair wanted to smuggle the opium to Kabul from Khogyani district.
The police chief also said nearly 20 insurgents were killed and 30 others injured during operations in various parts of the province over the past one month.
Several others suspects detained during the operations have been referred to judicial organs, Sherzad said, adding police planned to launch joint operations with other security organs.
Over the past one month, hundreds of weapons and more than five thousands bullets and some explosives have been seized in Nangarhar, he concluded.
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