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Sangin, Musa Kala get additional ALP force

Sangin, Musa Kala get additional ALP force

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Jul 07, 2014 - 18:42

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Following deteriorated security situation in southern Helmand province, the Ministry of Interior has increased in the strength of Afghan Local Police (ALP) in volatile Sangin and Musa Kala districts to ward off terror threats.

Maj. Gen. Ali Shah Ahmadzai, director general of the ALP in the Ministry of Interior, told journalists in Sangin district that Sangin and Musa Kala districts would respectively get additional 200 and 50 ALP personnel.

With the latest surge in force number, Sangin and Musa Kala would have 500 and 200 strong police force. The decision to surge the number police force had been taken in the light of President Hamid Karzai’s decree.

The move would help strengthen security and law and order in the volatile province, he hoped. Brig. Gen. Sultan Mahmood Mahmood said the Sangin fighting had prolonged because of landmines planted by the militants.

Officials said fighting was still ongoing in Sangin, which was started some two weeks back. Hundreds of people, including security forces and militants, had been killed and wounded in the gun battle.

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