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Gunmen rob passengers in Manogai after troops leave

Gunmen rob passengers in Manogai after troops leave

Mar 21, 2011 - 17:13

ASADABAD (PANinfo-icon): Two weeks after Afghan forces took responsibility for security in Manogai district of eastern Nangarhar province, robbers are brazenly looting passengers on the highway, officials and residents said on Monday.

The morale of opposition forces has increased since NATOinfo-icon-led troops left Manogai two weeks ago, the acting district chief, Sher Bahadar, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

"Unknown gunmen loot people in broad daylight and threaten them," he said. However, when security forces try to arrest them, the robbers go underground or work in more remote areas.

Concerned over the inadequate number of police, the official said Pech Darra was a mountainous and large area which needed additional security forces.

Bahadar said the situation could improve with more security personnel and the cooperation of tribal elders.

A youth council chief of Nangalam village, Yar Pacha, said armed men could be seen searching vehicles and taking money from passengers in various parts of the district.

"Five days ago, gunmen stopped a passenger car in the Sandari area and took away a mobile phone from a man," he said.



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