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Armed groups behind mounting insecurity in north: Official

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Security officials in northern provinces on Sunday concerned over increasing number of armed groups, and said the groups pose serious threat to security of the north zone.

The official said a crackdown was kicked off in northern provinces to disarm the armed groups.

In charge of the disarmament campaign, Abdul Manan Abid, said that more than 600 light and heavy weapons were collected from armed groups for the past nine months. He said the groups are active in north zone and often try to create insecurity there.

According to him, the drive would continue and would disarm more gunmen.

The acting police chief of northern Balkh province, Abdul Razaq Qadiri, said they have collected more than 100 weapons from armed groups in the province. He blamed ill control in borders as main reason behind increase in armed groups that create insecurity in northern provinces, particularly Balkh.

He suggested the security agencies to boost up their control in bordering areas as they are the main route for import of illegal weapons.

A number of residents of northern Balkh and Kunduz provinces recently said that they have been fed up with insecurity and thus they want government’s serious attention in this regard. However, the claim by the residents was rejected by security officials in the provinces.

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