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Govt officials complicit in target killings: Uruzgan police chief

Govt officials complicit in target killings: Uruzgan police chief

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Feb 01, 2016 - 20:23

TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): The police chief for central Uruzgan province on Monday claimed insurgents were carrying out targeted killings in cooperation with some government officials.

Brig. Gen. Ghulam Sakhi Rogh Lewanai told a press conference here that recent targeted killings had been carried out by the insurgents in cooperation with a number of government officials.

He said the rebels were planning to capture a number of districts with support of these individuals in the government. He also said some district police chiefs were involved in killing of people and their harassment.

Rogh Lewanai said a number of district police chiefs would be fired and replaced with new faces. “Some people warn me if I remove a district police chief, the same district will fall, such threats cannot stop me.”

The police chief said dozens of policemen a day earlier deserted their posts in Dehrawud district and arrived in the provincial capital, Tirinkot, on the directives of these elements. However, he did not name any. He said all those involved in fueling insecurity would be referred to the prosecutors.

During the past two weeks, nearly a dozen policemen have been killed in insider attacks in Uruzgan, where four incidents of targeted killing had taken place. A day earlier, 60 police abandoned their posts in Dehrawud district after developing differences with the district police chief.

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