PAN, October 22, 2011
Residents blame private security guards for robberies
Driver Mohammad Qasim said security had improved in the area, where there were no gunmen other than guards of private companies
By Zainullah Stanikzai
Private security guards have been accused of serious crimes in Afghanistan. (Photo: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
The residents of Khanisheen district of southern Helmand province on Saturday accused private security guards of complicity in armed robberies.
The guards of private security firms, deployed along highways, have hand in thefts, resident Balo Aka, told Pajhwok Afghan News. He alleged the guards brazenly searched passengers and extorted money from them.
Driver Mohammad Qasim said security had improved in the area, where there were no gunmen other than guards of private companies.
Provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Hakim Angar, said they have received complains that the private guards were bothering people on the Sangin-Lashkargah highway.
Angar added they had discussed the issue with security officials of Khanashin and Garmser districts. The problem would be resolved shortly, the firms assured police.
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