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Jawjzan ALP seeks sophisticated arms to battle rebels

Jawjzan ALP seeks sophisticated arms to battle rebels

Jan 25, 2017 - 15:45

SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): A number of Afghan Local Police (ALP) personnel in the Qush Tepa district of northwestern Jawzjan province complain they do not have advanced weapons to thwart militant attacks.

Sher Ali, ALP commander in Jarqadoq area of Qush Tepa district, told Pajhwok Afghan News they had been fighting against the rebels for the past seven years and had bravely defended the town.

He said militants had been operating in the area before the deployment of the ALP personnel, who had cleared the district of insurgents.

“If an ALP member gets into face-to-face fighting with a militant, he will fire 119 of the 120 bullets he has. He would keep just one bullet for self-protection. We are unlike those surrender meekly,” he remarked.

Ali said ALP forces were serious about fighting against Talibaninfo-icon and Daesh rebels, but they were faced with lack of equipment.

Jura, another ALP official, said: “There are around 50 ALP personnel here fighting against Taliban. But the number of insurgents is far higher. Still we are battling the militants with passion and determination.”

He said a number of his colleagues had been killed by militants and they were currently unable to thwart attacks due to lack of advanced weapons.

“While fighting against the Taliban, we are faced with lack of equipment. We want the relevant organs to equip us to protect our area,” he continued.

Jumma Khan, a resident of Jarqadoq village who previously served as an ALP member, said he had resigned his job due to what he called inadequate support from the government.

“We recently lost eight of our colleagues in a clash with militants because we did not receive support from the government despite promises of reinforcements,” he added.

But Brig. Gen. Rahmatullah Turkistani, the Jawzjan police chief, said the ALP personnel in the district had no problems and they received enough support.

He confirmed Taliban militants occasionally opened fire at ALP posts in the district but the rebels were unable to pose a serious challenge.

“We have the ability to conduct operations in all 10 districts; we have enough equipment to help in operations in neighbouring provinces such as Balkh, Sar-i-Pul, Faryab, Baghlan and Samangan,” Turkistani said.

Around 400 ALP members are deployed to different parts of Qush Tapas.



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