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Govt Team In Helmand To Probe Illegal Armed Groups

A government team has arrived in the southern Helmand province to assess people’s complaints about presence of illegal armed men in Nad Ali district. 

The residents claim that illegal armed men have created problems for them. 

Mohammad Ayub Rafiqi, an advisor to President Ashraf Ghani who heads the team told TOLOnews that illegal armed groups in the district threaten people’s safety and that such groups may also exist in Lashkargah City.

“We have 10 teams and they will go to 34 provinces. This (illegal armed men) directly affects people's safety,” said Rafiqi. 

Head of Helmand Provincial Council Attaullah Afghan meanwhile said there is no illegal armed group in the province.

“There are two groups which one of them are Pakistanis. There is no other group and the National Directorate of Security is after them,” said Afghan. 

Helmand residents said they are worried about the irresponsible gun owners in parts of the province. 

“There are armed men who do not have military uniform,” a resident of Helmand said. 

Helmand is volatile province in the south of Afghanistan. Last year, when war intensified between Taliban and security forces in the province, some residents took up arms against the militant group and since then have been maintaining the security of their areas along with security force members. 

Govt Team In Helmand To Probe Illegal Armed Groups

Members of the government team said they have started investigation in different parts of the province including Nad Ali district. 

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A government team has arrived in the southern Helmand province to assess people’s complaints about presence of illegal armed men in Nad Ali district. 

The residents claim that illegal armed men have created problems for them. 

Mohammad Ayub Rafiqi, an advisor to President Ashraf Ghani who heads the team told TOLOnews that illegal armed groups in the district threaten people’s safety and that such groups may also exist in Lashkargah City.

“We have 10 teams and they will go to 34 provinces. This (illegal armed men) directly affects people's safety,” said Rafiqi. 

Head of Helmand Provincial Council Attaullah Afghan meanwhile said there is no illegal armed group in the province.

“There are two groups which one of them are Pakistanis. There is no other group and the National Directorate of Security is after them,” said Afghan. 

Helmand residents said they are worried about the irresponsible gun owners in parts of the province. 

“There are armed men who do not have military uniform,” a resident of Helmand said. 

Helmand is volatile province in the south of Afghanistan. Last year, when war intensified between Taliban and security forces in the province, some residents took up arms against the militant group and since then have been maintaining the security of their areas along with security force members. 

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