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Over 140 armed groups operating in Ghazni: Police chief

Over 140 armed groups operating in Ghazni: Police chief

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Jul 01, 2017 - 11:51

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): As many as 142 militant groups have been active in southern Ghazni province and rebels from other parts join them at times, the police chief says.

Brig. Gen. Aminullah Amarkhel, in an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, said some armed groups were engaged in fighting against the security forces while others were complicit in human trafficking and armed robberies.

He put the number of gunmen at more than 2,000, including Arabs, Chechens, Pakistanis and Uzbeks. The number of foreign militants was around 100, mostly bomb-makers and organisors of suicide attacks.

The provincial police boss said militants used the RDX-type explosives in suicide bombings. The substance had a huge impact and was not available in Afghanistaninfo-icon, he explained.

Amarkhel added the militant outfits maintained contacts close with other groups in the neighbouring provinces and carried out joint insurgent activities when needed.

But the security forces were fully trained and prepared to thwart the nefarious designs of the rebels, he hastened to assert. “We have been responding to them in a befitting manner and would continue to do so.”

However, the Talibaninfo-icon rejected the police chief’s view. Their spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said no other group except Taliban was active in Ghazni. He added the Taliban were leading the ongoing insurgency in the province.

On the other hand, residents termed the security situation precarious. Rahmatullah, hailing from the provincial capital, said the security situation in all districts had deteriorated.

With heavy clashes ongoing in Waghaz, Deh Yak, Zankhan and Qarabagh districts, he called for strong action to keep the insurgents at bay.

Esmatullah Jamardal, deputy head of the provincial council, acknowledged different militant groups were active in Ghazni. He asked the government to chalk out a proper strategy to improve the security situation.

Security officials, however, said they had been working hard to improve the situation in the province.

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