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Lawmaker alleges police chief’s hand in Logar assault

Lawmaker alleges police chief’s hand in Logar assault

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Mar 16, 2015 - 16:33

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon member Mohammad Akbar Stanikzai on Monday accused the Logar police chief of having hand in last month’s group attack on the provincial police headquarters.

At least 20 policemen were killed and nine others wounded after a group of insurgents stormed the police headquarters in Pul-i-Alam -- the provincial capital -- on February 17. 

One of the attackers detonated his explosives at the entrance to the building and three others forced their way inside the facility. Two of the attackers detonated their explosives inside the police headquarters while the last one blew himself up inside the canteen.

But Stanikzai said the police chief happened to be in Kabul during such attacks on the police building, saying the latest attack was the third of its kind. He said no one could enter the heavily-guarded police building without cooperation from individuals inside.

On the other hand, the police chief, Brig. Gen. Abdul Hakim Ishaqzai, rejected the allegation as baseless and untrue. He told Pajhwok Afghan News 14 policemen were being investigated for failing to repulse the attack.

He said individuals, who took money to facilitate the rebels to attack the police headquarters, had also been detained. The police chief said he was ready to stand trial if the lawmaker produced evidence substantiating his allegations. The detained policemen have been accused of colluding with the insurgents to carry out the attack.

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