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Afghan policemen forced to sell their weapons due to lack of salary

November 03, 2014, 14:47 UTC+3
Weapons, ammunition and uniforms get into Taliban militants' hands, the local agency Hama Press reports
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ABU DHABI, November 3. /TASS/. In Afghanistan police have started to sell their weapons, ammunition and uniforms to the locals and militants of the "Taliban" movement, because of many months of delays of salary, Afghan Hama Press agency reports.

According to the agency, in Wardak, Logar and Ghazni provinces the personnel of the Local Police of Afghanistan (ALP, Afghan Local Police) have received salary for more than three months already. Many of the law enforcement officers that were previously on the content of the Afghan government and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), are forced to sell their personal weapons. Often, the buyers come from the local population, but sometimes the arms, ammunition and uniforms are transmitted directly to the militants of "Taliban" movement.

The headquarters of the Ministry of Internal Affairs rejects the message of the critical situation in the ALP, said the agency. "The information on the sales of arms by our officers to extremists is not true," the information department of the Ministry said.

In late October the law enforcement officers in Kabul held a mass demonstration warning the central authorities publicly of the possibility of police units switching to the Taliban side if the salary is not paid.

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