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Cop in Uruzgan held for alleged links with Taliban

AT-KABUL: The counter-terrorism unit has arrested a policeman on the charges of helping the Taliban insurgents in central Uruzgan province, Ministry of Interior said on Wednesday.

The ministry in a media statement issued here said that the cop was held for supporting Taliban insurgents to capture police checkpoints and seize weapons as well as ammunition.

“During the primary interrogation, the policeman confiscated that he had established links with the Taliban in September,” the statement said without mentioning name of the detained cop over the alleged links.

The statement said that the cop was handed over to prosecutors for further investigation.

Several high ranking officials have been alleged of similar links in Uruzgan province but until now no senior official was arrested.

It is worth to mention the former Wardak Police chief Khalil Andarabi has been arrested on charges of helping the Taliban.

Balkh security officials said that Andarabi wanted to escape but was stopped by Mazar-i-Sharif airport officials.

“Andarabi was officially investigated over the alleged transferring of the Taliban’s designated spy chief in Baghlan, Qari Zahir in a police vehicle,” officials said.

Officials added that the government acted swiftly when rumors surfaced about Andarabi’s involvement in the transfer of the Taliban’s spy boss and appointed a task team to investigate the matter.

Zahir was recently wounded in military action by security forces in the province. He was caught while traveling in a Wardak police vehicle. He had allegedly been on his way to Pakistan, officials said.

Andarabi meanwhile has rejected the allegations against him and called the development a Taliban plot.

He said he never made a deal with the Taliban. “I consider this allegation a conspiracy of the enemies of the people of Afghanistan, but request you wait until the investigation is complete by the security bodies so that the outcome is clear,” Andarabi said.

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