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Despite security transfer, foreign troops raid houses in Laghman

Despite security transfer, foreign troops raid houses in Laghman

Aug 18, 2011 - 17:56

MEHTARLAM (PANinfo-icon): Foreign troops raided several houses, including that of a senior provincial high peace councilinfo-icon member, in Mehtarlam city, the capital of eastern Laghman province, officials said on Thursday.

The search operation comes days after the security responsibility for the city was handed over to local forces from international troops.

Deputy Head of High Peace Council Gulzar Sangarwal told Pajhwok Afghan News the raids were carried out in the Bisram area on Wednesday night.  

The troops also searched the house of Haji Muhammad Umar, provincial head of the High Peace Council. The soldiers recovered nothing during the operation, he said.

Umar said they had raised the issue with Afghan army, police and intelligence officials. He added they were told local forces had not been taken into confidence prior to the operation.

"It's for the third time that my house has been searched by the ISAFinfo-icon personnel. I am not against any search, but if the city's security responsibility has been transferred to Afghan forces, then they should carry out such operations," Umar told Pajhwok Afghan News.

He warned if the act was repeated, people would rise against foreign forces. Deputy Police Chief Col. Dawood Barakzai said the alliance had not informed them about the operation.

In response to an email from Pajhwok, the ISAF media office said: "We have no operational reporting about a search operation in Mehtarlam. We will inform you as we receive something about it."


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