20 July 2017

News Story: Officials Hoping To Increase ALP Footprint In Laghman

An Afghan Police Officer (File Photo)
By Tamim Hamid

As Taliban fighters push to maintain their grip on an area in Laghman’s Alingar district, local officials in the volatile region are also trying to increase the number of Afghan National Police (ALP) in an effort to end the Taliban’s ten-year domination in the area.  

The Alingar village of Darah-e-Sangar, where they Taliban have hideouts, is a key route for the insurgent group into Nangarhar, Nuristan and Kunar provinces.

“We have outlined a very comprehensive security strategy for Laghman particularly for Mehterlam city; this will save the city and its outskirts from threats,” said Laghman police chief Fazel Ahmad Sherzad.

Mughal Khan, 50, is an ALP officer who has been fighting the Taliban for six years. Khan says he serves his country with pride and dignity.  

“Why should I not be happy with my job, this is my country, I defend my motherland,” he said.

Read the full story at TOLOnews