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Kunduz police struggling with shortages: New chief

Monitoring Desk

KUNDUZ CITY: Police in northern Kunduz province have been lacking equipment and personnel to ensure the security situation remains stable, said new provincial police chief Brig. Gen. Abdul Baqi Nuristani on Tuesday.

During an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Nuristani identified the lack of police personnel and equipment as main reasons behind growing insecurity in Kunduz.

“We have some problems. We lack weapons and equipment. Our police don’t have heavy weapons and they face some challenges,” he said.

He said illegal armed men posed threat to security of Kunduz as they operated just eight kilometers from Kunduz City, the provincial capital, which needed a large scale clearing operation.

“We have planned to increase security belts and push back the Taliban from Kunduz City,” said the police chief, who revealed security cameras would be installed in different parts of the city.

“We will soon install 72 security cameras in Kunduz City which will have positive impact on security situation,” he added.

Brg. Gen. Abdul Baqi was appointed as police chief of Kunduz one month back. It is worth mentioning that Kunduz is one of the country’s insecure provinces. The provincial capital fell to Taliban twice in the past one year.



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