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Uruzganis block highway after latest passenger deaths

Uruzganis block highway after latest passenger deaths

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27 Apr 2018 - 17:03
Uruzganis block highway after latest passenger deaths
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27 Apr 2018 - 17:03

TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): Hundreds of enraged protestors blocked the Uruzgan-Kandahar highway against vehicular traffic in this city of central Uruzgan province after several passengers were killed on the road by Taliban militants.

The protesting people said insecurities on the road had increased and passengers were disembarked and killed on a daily basis. Several people have been killed on the road after being kidnapped by suspected insurgents.

Three days ago, Taliban kidnapped a university teacher among four passengers and later killed them. The protestors said not only Taliban were kidnapping and killing passengers on the highway, but police also harassed travelers.

Mohibullah, one of the protestors, told Pajhwok that no one’s life was safe on the road. He said Taliban used to kill passengers while police created problems for them. “Police extort money from passengers and other valuables.”

Another protestor, Asadullah, said if the government could not maintain security on the highway, it should allow local residents to do so. He said both Taliban and government forces created problems for travelers on the route.

Claiming most of untoward incidents happen in the limits of Shah Walikot district of Kandahar province on the highway, the protestors warned they would continue to block the road until security was ensured.

Kandahar deputy police spokesman Matiullah Hilal said they had received no report to indicate police harassed passengers on the Uruzgan-Kandahar highway inside Kandahar. However, he said the issue would be investigated and those found guilty would face the music.


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