Man thrown from 200-metre high mountaintop
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Three people, including a woman, have been brutally killed by a local illegal commander in Karan wa Manjan district of northeastern Badakhshan province, an official said on Monday.
Provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Ghulam Sakhi Ghafori, told Pajhwok Afghan News around 700 illegal armed men commanded by Abdul Malik and Mohammad Sharif were operating in the province.
He said the two commanders, making money by selling lapis lazuli stones from mines, were brutally harassing people.
Two days earlier, a cousin of commander Sharif was killed by unknown gunmen, but Sharif arrested four innocent people in connection with his murder.
Sharif threw one of the detainees, Adina Mohammad, from a 200-metre high mountaintop onto the ground, killing him.
Ghafori said another detainee, who was severely beaten by the commander, was currently in police protection.
A recently married woman, who was seriously wounded in a rocket strike, later succumbed to her injuries in a local clinic, he said. The rocket was fired by illegal armed commanders during a conflict, he added.
“Government’s writ is very weak in this district and the presence of the district police chief and administrative chief is symbolic,” he said.
Karan wa Manjan district police chief Col. Ahmad Shah said he was unable to fight against a group of 800 illegal armed men with only 30 police personnel.
He said he had complained to the chief of army staff and the defense minister about the issue during their visit to the district two months ago.
“We are responsible to provide security to people, but we regret we cannot do anything when illegal armed men operate here, we are trying to launch operation in coordination with the central government to disarm illegal commanders,” he added.
Imama Mohammad, a local resident, said illegal commanders had left local residents with no option but to join Taliban militants if the government did not act against them.
“People are suffering as all schools are closed and the two commanders do whatever they want, they hatch conspiracies against anyone who oppose them and find a reason to kill,” he said.
Local residents said illegal commanders in coordination with each other were extracting lapis lazuli stones from mines in the province and sharing half of the income with Taliban militants.
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