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Tamim Shansab kept illegal weapons: Kabul Police

KABUL (TOLONews): Kabul police on Wednesday said that all weapons and ammunitions which were seized from the residence of Tamim Shansab, head of a former security company, were illegal and that no security firm had been registered under his name in the Ministry of Interior.

The Kabul police Crime Investigation Department said that Shansab is in the custody of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) for investigation and that the police will ask him that why and how he managed to keep such large amount of weapons in the capital.

Sources within the government have said that Tamim’s father Naseer Shansab had sold out the house to a person named Assadullah, but his son, Tamim Shansab was against the deal.

Kabul police has seized 17 types of weapons including RPG, AK47 and over 15,000 of bullets and military uniforms from Shansab’s house, which was under security forces’ siege for at least 20 hours when Shansab refused to leave the building.

“No security company under the name of Tamim Shansab is registered in the Ministry of Interior. Only one company has been registered under the name of Hamid Wardak who is Shansab’s step brother. He (Tamim Shansab) used from the name of the same company,” said Mohammad Salim Almas, head of Kabul police Crime Investigation Department.

“When you see all these, you realize that there is was something going on here. When you see this big house with large number of illegal armed men, an investigation must determine the details of what was going on here,” said Basir Mujahid, the Kabul police spokesman.

Shansab and his 18 guards were arrested on Tuesday after 20 hours of standoff with police.

Some residents and shopkeepers in the area meanwhile talked about what they saw outside the house in Shahr-e-Naw area in Kabul’s PD10 when Shansab was arrested by security forces.

“I saw two armored vehicles came here and several people came out and took Tamim (Shansab) with them,” said Sayed Nasim, a shopkeeper in the area.

One Afghan police officer was killed and six others including one journalist were wounded during the standoff.

The 20 hours of resistance by Shansab and his guards against the security forces have raised serious questions on the rule of law in the country.

The Supreme Court of Afghanistan has not made a comment on the issue.

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