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Afghan gov't bans 5 more private security firms

07-04-2011 08:24 BJT

KABUL, July 3 (Xinhua) -- Afghan government has banned the operation of five more private security companies, a senior official with the Interior Ministry said Sunday.

Afghan officials carry weapons after the police collected weapons from private security companies in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 3, 2011. Afghan government has banned the operation of five more private security companies, a senior official with the Interior Ministry said Sunday. (Xinhua/Ahmad Massoud)

"Five more private security firms including a foreign company have been completely dissolved and their operations have been closed down across the country," Abdul Razaq Amiri, the deputy to Counter-Terrorism department of the ministry told a press conference.

Going into details, Amiri said one of the companies called NLC, run by foreigners, while the remaining four belong to Afghan ranking officials. However, he did not give more details.

Meantime, Amiri added that 457 pieces of weapons have been collected from the mentioned companies.

President Hamid Karzai in an order issued on October 2010 had accused over 50 private national and foreign security firms, operated in Afghanistan and provided security services to national and international agencies operating in the country of involvement in malpractice and authorized Interior Ministry to dissolve and disarm them.

Since issuing the presidential order, several of private security companies have been dissolved and disarmed.

The remaining 48 private security firms would be dissolved and disarmed by March 2012, the official further said.

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