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Insecurity in Maqur, Gilan blamed on insufficient police

Insecurity in Maqur, Gilan blamed on insufficient police

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Feb 01, 2018 - 19:59

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Local officials blame growing insecurity in Maqur and Gilan districts of southern Ghazni province on insufficient police strength.

Col. Lotfullah Kamran, Gilan district police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News that around 50 percent of the district’s territory was under Talibaninfo-icon control.

“Gilan has 207 villages, we are in control of half of them while the other half are under Taliban control, it is because our personnel are in a limited number both national and local police forces.”

He said police would be able to retake control of the rest of the areas if their strength was increased.

He said they could launch an operation in areas under Taliban but could not protect the areas for a longer time.

Kamran did not provide information about how much more police personnel are needed, but said: “Our police forces are sent to some other areas.”

An Afghan Local Police (ALP) member in the district, Lal Mohammad, said that one of his legs was injured during a fighting with the Taliban.

He said the Taliban could attack their security posts anytime they wanted.

“More than 10 of my colleagues were killed in front of my eyes, the clashes have become more frequent, Taliban exist in many villages,” he said.

He said the policemen killed in fights against Taliban were yet to be replaced.

Abdul Matin, Maqor district police chief, also said their personnel were insufficient.“Most of the areas of this district are under the government control but some of areas under Taliban influence and they could not be retaken due to a shortage of police forces,” he said.

“We have several times requested for increase of our personnel, but the problem still persists,” he said.

He said the strength of ALP personnel for his district was 200 but 180 of them had been sent for duty elsewhere.

Governor’s spokesman, Arif Noori, confirmed to Pajhwok police shortage in Gilan and Maqur districts and said decisions about police strength were taken by the central government. Noori said the problem had been shared with relevant organs for solution.

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