Militants frisking passengers on Maidan-Bamyan highway
MAIDAN SHAHR (Pajhwok): The Taliban militants are stopping vehicles and subjecting passengers to body searches om the Maidan Wardak-Bamyan highway, drivers complained on Tuesday..
They said the insurgents started searching passengers after an operation by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the Jalrez district of Maidan Wardak province.
Mohammad Numan, a resident of Jalrez, told Pajhwok Afghan News the militants stopped passenger vehicles and intrusively frisked those on board. The Taliban's objective was to capture government officers, he added.
Ali Reza, another resident of Markazi Behsood, confirmed that militants searched passenger cars.
But a resident of Behsud district, Hamidullah who came to Kabul on Monday, said he neither saw militants searching passengers nor security check posts on the highway.
Attaullah Khogyani, the Maidan Wardak governor’s spokesman, acknowledged problems on the highway for passengers. He said Public Order Police posts had been set up along the highway to ensure security.
The governor would soon hold a meeting with Public Order Police officials in the province to discuss the problems and resolve them, Khogyani concluded.
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