Increasing highway robberies irk Khanshin residents
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Some residents of the Khanshin district of southern Helmand province say they are concerned about increasing robberies involving individuals clad in police uniform.
In order to lodge their protest with the authorities, the Khanshin residents on Saturday arrived in the provincial capital Lashkargah.
One of them, Abdul Mohammad, told Pajhwok Afghan News armed robberies had been taking place on the Khanshin-Lashkargah highway over the past 10 years, but the robberies had significantly increased recently.
“Sometimes these robbers are clad in police uniform, they threaten people with death who lack money,” said Mohammad, who added local residents were fed up with the robberies.
He said if the government did not resolve the matter at the earliest, local residents would go across the Durand Line to seek a solution.
Another resident, Obaidullah, told Pajhwok Afghan News the robbers often appeared on the road near security posts.
“They are apparently security officials because a few days ago robbers forced passengers to disembark from vehicles and looted them near the Wir military base in the presence of security officials, including foreigners.”
Driver Abdul Bari said: “Most of the times these robbers loot passengers and if they don’t find money with passengers, they threaten them with death and sexual attack on their females.”
He said if the robbers were not prevented, the people of Khanshin would be unable to visit Lashkargah.
Other residents of the district held similar views and urged the government to take action against the robbers.
Helmand police chief Brig. Gen. Aqa Noor Kentoz also did not rule out robberies on the Khanshin-Lashkargah highway but said often militants committed such actions in order to defame security forces.
He said the people of Khanshin had so far not formally registered any complaint, but they had sent a delegation to the area to investigate the issue.
Khanshin is located 200km south of Lashkargah.
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