50-member ALP force disarmed in Farah
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): The government has disarmed a 50-member Afghan Local Police (ALP) force in the Bala Buluk district of western Farah province, officials said on Thursday.
Farah police spokesman Iqbal Baher told Pajhwok Afghan News that the ALP force had been deployed to Dehzak area, where national security forces had taken charge.
The ALP members were disarmed because their presence in the area was no longer required, he said, adding their weapons would be distributed to ALP members in Parchaman district of Farah, where the number of the ALP force had recently increased.
However, Bala Buluk district chief Syed Mohammad said the ALP members were disarmed for negligence in duty.
But another official, wishing anonymity, said the Dehzak area had been captured by Taliban militants. He claimed the disarmed ALP members had the plan to give their weapons to Taliban militants.
The government became aware of their plan and disarmed them in order to prevent the weapons from reaching the rebels, the official said.
A resident of the area, Sayed Gul, said Taliban gained control of Dehzak area after the ALP members left.
The Taliban also claimed they had captured the area.
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