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Using hired guns: Taliban pay PKR50,000 for killing govt officials in Helmand

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: A man arrested on charges of allegedly killing of a cop has said that a Taliban commander in southern Helmand province paid him and his colleagues 50,000 Pakistani Rupees for killing of government officials and policemen in the province, said media reports on Monday.

The reports said that two men who were arrested by security officials on charges of killing a policeman have said that they were paid 50,000 Pakistani Rupees by a Taliban commander named Mullah Abdul Wafa to kill government officials.

Khaama Press quoted Qudratullah, one of the accused men, as saying that the Taliban commander paid 50, 000 Pakistani Rupees to anyone killing Afghan government officials including security personnel.

Qudratullah said he was given 50, 000 Pakistani Rupees by Mullah Abdul Wafa for killing a soldier in the province.

Helmand Police Chief, Nabi Jan Mullahkhil, said the men should be punishment severely.

Helmand besides the target killing has witnessed heavy fighting between insurgents and the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).

In June 2014, hundreds of Afghan Taliban who were also assisted by foreign fighters attacked Moosa Qala, Sangin, Kajaki and Nawzad districts in the province and began fighting with the security forces.

According to official data, at least 250 insurgents were killed in the fighting with the security forces and 90 others wounded.

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