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Uruzgan police chief fired over insecurity

AT-KABUL: The Police Chief in the southern province of Uruzgan was fired from his post after the increasing insecurity there, local officials confirmed Saturday.

“Ministry of Interior sacked Uruzgan police chief Mohammad Wais Samimi on Friday,” said provincial spokesman Dost Mohammad Nayab.

He said that the police chief had been a Taliban sympathizer, adding that Sayd Aqa Saqeb, an experienced officer was assigned as acting provincial police chief.

Earlier this month, hundreds of Taliban fighters attacked Trinkot city, but were pushed back by the security forces.

Nayab added that Taliban increase their attacks on the checkpoints.

He stated that Uruzgan-Kandahar highway was blocked for 15 days and people face different problems.

Taliban planted landmines along the highway and the security forces started operations to reopen.

He said that hundreds of militants killed during past 20 days clashes in Uruzgan.

Afghan forces also sustain casualties, but there is no exact figure in hand, he underlined.

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