Security officials in the northern province of Balkh said on Monday that the Islamic Emirate has created a special forces unit in the province named the “Mansouri Division.”
Abdulhai Abed, security chief for Balkh province, said, “These are the special forces of the Islamic Emirate."
Abed added that these forces are equipped with advanced weapons and patrol across Mazar-e-sharif city around the clock and are working to identify and take down kidnapping networks.
According to the security officials, the special unit is highly trained and most of their weapons and military hardware were made in the United States.
Members of the special unit said that they are tasked with ensuring the safety and security of the people in Mazar-e-Sharif city.
“There will not be any problems in the future. If anything happens, people should contact the Islamic Emirate security officials and we will arrive at the spot immediately,” a member of the unit said.
According to security officials, the special unit will crack down on networks of kidnappers and armed robbers and will not allow security problems in Balkh.
Zabiullah Norani, head of the information and culture department of Balk, said: “Our forces are working seriously to identify the centers of crime ... and to crack down on them.”
Statistics of Balkh’s security departments show that since the collapse of the former government, around 176 people have been arrested on charges of armed robbery and kidnapping.