Insecurity on Sar-i-Pul-Jawzjan highway fuels concerns
SAR-I-PUL (Pajhwok): Residents of the northern province of Sar-i-Pul on Tuesday asked government officials to ensure tight security on the highway leading to Jawzjan.
Since April 2015, according to media reports, 29 people -- including four judges -- have been abducted by unidentified gunmen on the highway.
The victims also include six teachers, an employee of the social affairs department, a driver, a school principal, 14 civilians and two security personnel.
A resident of the province, Noor Ahmad Bahir Kamal Awghali, voiced his concern over the increasing insecurity on the highway, saying illegal armed groups had been harassing passengers.
There were serious security problems on the highway, confirmed another resident, Ghulam Mohammad. Abductions, clashes, ambushes and bombings are common occurrences.
Provincial council member Syed Mohammad Ali Hakimi also expressed apprehensions at the bad security situation, saying the roads leading to Sar-i-Pul districts were plagued by similar problems.
He asked the security personnel to take urgent steps to address the concerns of passengers and ensure security on the busy highway.
The provincial police chief, Maj. Gen. Abdul Baqizoi, acknowledged most of the incidents occurred in the limits of Jawzjan.
He added they had established 20 checkpoints in the limits of Sar-i-Pul along the highway and only one kidnapping incident had happened in the limits of Sar-i-Pul.
But police chief for Jawzjan, Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani, said most of the passengers were chased from Sar-i-Pul before being abducted.
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