Afghan gov't begins training, equipping community police

19:06, September 26, 2010      

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In an effort to ensure security and protect the war-weary Afghans in remote areas where Taliban threats are high, the Afghan Interior Ministry has begun recruiting, training and equipping local police force, spokesman for Interior Ministry Zamarai Bashari said Sunday.

"In line with the instruction of President Hamid Karzai, the ministry for interior has begun training and equipping the community police force -- the Afghan Local Police (ALP) forces across the country but the process first will begin in eight districts," Bashari told a joint press conference with Major General Stuart Beare, Deputy Commander of NATO-led forces involved in giving training to Afghan police here.

Bashari said the recruitment and training of ALP would be launched in Gizab and Khas Uruzgan districts in Uruzgan province, Arghandab in the neighboring Kandahar province, Dand Patan and Zazi districts in the eastern Paktia province and Barmal district in the neighboring Paktika province.

He also added that Shindand district in the western Herat province and Pushtroad in Farah province are also in priority to have community police or ALP.

"The ALP program is moving quickly and today we start equipping and training of those forces in those locations that are chosen by government of Afghanistan," said Gen. Beare at the press conference.

This program will help local population to be protected from insurgents' threat and will also allow Afghan police to do their jobs in other parts of the country, the NATO official added.

According to Bashari, the number of ALP, with a special uniform, will be around 10,000.

Regarding achievements of Afghan National Police (ANP) Bashari said that 2,800 suspected militants had been detained over the past six months, while ANP have also seized 2,350 various kinds of weapons from across the country.

"Some 4,012 security incidents and terrorist attacks, majority of them in the shape of roadside bombings and IED (Improvised Explosive Device) attacks, had been registered over the past six months," Bashari said.

Hailing the ANP's achievements, he said 3,300 IEDs and roadside bombs had been found and defused by ANP over the period.

"One hundred-and-two tons of explosive materials, including Ammonium Nitrate that were enough for making over 5,000 IEDs and bombs, were also sized and destroyed by police over the past six months," he emphasized.

He said ANP and counter-narcotic police have found and seized over 6 tons of narcotics in the same period of time.

Source: Xinhua


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