Nad Ali residents in fear over growing robberies
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The security situation in Nad Ali district of southern Helmand province has somehow improved, but residents complain have been against growing incidents of robbery.
Amir Mohammad, a resident, said car and motorcycle thefts had increased recently despite increased security measures in the town.
Another resident Asadullah said incidents of robbery and kidnappings had increased on highways and roads in Helmand.
He asked the government to differentiate between Taliban and local residents and avoid torturing common people in the name of Taliban.
Nad Ali police chief Maj. Omar Jan Haqmal told Pajhwok Afghan News the security situation was satisfactory in the district compared to other districts.
He said areas where powerful individuals had grabbed lands were insecure and Taliban militants had been seeking refuge in the grabbed lands, where poppy was cultivated and insurgents held sway.
He said security forces without military gear could not move to areas where Taliban had a strong presence. He said Nad Ali was a large district and most of its lands had been grabbed.
Haqmal acknowledged residents’ cooperation with security forces in maintaining the law and order situation.
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