Herat: 19 Taliban perish, 53 criminals held in a month
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Police on Wednesday said they had detained 53 people in connection with different crimes in western Herat province during the past one month that saw 19 Taliban fighters perished.
Gulbadin Alokozai, a senior official at the 705 border zone police, told reporters here that five Taliban were killed during a clash in Shindand district after a group of 50 militants stormed police check-posts in the area.
During the past one month, he said two Iranian nationals were rescued from insurgents and reunited with their families through government officials.
But residents of Herat City complained criminal activities were increasing in the city despite police claims of crackdowns on criminals.
Rafai Ahmadi, a resident of 9th police district, said: “We hear about police actions against criminals, but crimes are on the increase in Herat city.”
Reza Sherzad, another resident, said criminals were released after one or two days in police custody and that was why police crackdown against criminals had no effect. He urged the judicial department to punish criminals so that the crime ratio could be declined.
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