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Insecurity bumps up in Kabul-Gardez highway

AT-KABUL: Security situation has been deteriorated on the Kabul-Gardez highway in central Logar province as travelers say Taliban insurgents stop their vehicles on the route for checking.

Zarif, a resident of Ali Khan Qala village of Pul-i-Alam, the provincial capital, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Taliban attacks on government’s vehicles had increased, making insecure the Kabul-Gardez highway.

As whole, he painted a vey deteriorate security situation as he said Taliban insurgent targeted the Paktia’s governor convoy and the prosecutors vehicle on the highway in ongong month alone.

However, Gulab Shah, a shopkeeper in Wagha Jan Bazaar of Mohammad Agah district, stated the same thing, actually more than Zarif, saying Taliban attached a number of governmental officials in the bazaar this year.

 “Taliban once opened fire at government official in the middle of the bazaar and as a result some civilians also suffered causalities.”

He recalled a few months back militants killed the deputy governor, the governor’s spokesman and three others individuals in the same bazaar located on the Gardez-Kabul highway.

Insecurity has been increased at highest level, a driver on the Kabul-Gardez highway told Pajhowk at condition of anonymity.

He said: “I have been seeing Taliban on the route on a daily basis and they check vehicles and look for government employees.”

Meanwhile, deputy provincial council chief Abdul Wakil confirmed receiving many complaints about insecurity on the Gardez-Kabul highway.

Since it is transit trade route, it is the responsibility of the security agencies to ensure security of the highway, he said.

Police spokesman Shapur Ahmadzai also confirmed insecurity on the Kabul-Gardez highway, but he said the problem was not as grave as claimed.

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