Civilians suffer in fight between illegal groups
MAHMOOD RAQI (Pajhwok): Armed clash between two illegal commanders inflicted heavy casualties on civilians for last two years in the Koh Band district of central Kapisa province, residents complained.
The residents told Pajhwok Afghan News that commander Zabit Wakil and commander Gul Nazim belonged to Jamiat-i-Islami Afghanistan and Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) had been fighting with each other for the last few years.
Khalid, a local resident, complained: “Civilians get killed and wounded in a gun battle between the rival commanders. People expected police would bring the culprits to justice and reduce the miseries of locals but police force is totally helpless.”
Both the commanders are armed with small and heavy weapons which they were using to target each other position, another resident of the district said.
Brig. Gen. Abdul Karim Faiq, the newly appointed police chief, confirmed the firefight but said that directives had been issued to officials concerned to collect weapons from both the commanders.
“The president had sent a delegation comprised officials from Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Ministry of Interior (MoI) to investigate the issue. I am in contact with the delegation and sure that with the support of local people I will collect illegal weapons from both the men bring all the culprits to justice” Faiq added.
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