Peace, beefed-up security return to Kunduz
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Pajhwok Afghan News report regarding presence of illegal armed men in Kunduz City, the provincial capital of northern Kunduz province, forced authorities to improve law and order in the province.
Two months back residents of Kunduz city had expressed concerns that roaming of illegal gunmen had changed the appearance of the city.
After intensified conflicts in Chardara, Khanabad, and Gortapa districts, armed men had flocked Kunduz city, which turned the city into a military zone.
Majority of these men hailing from Khanabad district could be seen around markets and provincial departments.
Recently, local officials have banned armed men around the city turning the appearance of the city back to normalcy.
Shafiqullah Timori, a Kunduz resident, said for a long time armed men with unusual looks roamed around the city freely. “Following restrictions on these armed men, now they are rarely seen in public.”
Mohammadullah, another resident, said armed men had turned the city into dangerous place. “Earlier, I used to see armed men everywhere and in every road. I was wondering why the government would not stop them. Some of them had even taken clothes and fruits from shopkeepers by force during Eid.”
Preventing those men, he added, was good for the city creating a stable atmosphere for residents.
Brig. Gen. Mohammad Qasim Jangalbagh, Kunduz police chief, said after receiving complaints from residents they decided to restrict them and seize their weapons.
He said for many days through local television channel they urged the armed men not to enter Kunduz city and those who did not comply were arrested and their weapons seized.
According to local officials more than 7,000 illegal armed with majority of them in Khanabad district existed in the province creating security issues to the people.
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