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Nangarhar police seize hundreds of motorcycles

Nangarhar police seize hundreds of motorcycles

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Aug 06, 2017 - 00:55

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Police have impounded hundreds of undocumented motorcycles in eastern Nangarhar province as part of a security campaign.

Police said the campaign was launched after an uptick in targeted killings in the province and so far 600 motorcycles had been confiscated and the campaign would continue.

Nangarhar police spokesman Hazrat Hussain Mashrigiwal told Pajhwok Afghan News on Saturday that the campaign to impound undocumented motorcycle was launched three weeks ago in order to control the target killings.

He said the decision to launch the campaign against undocumented motorcycles, vehicles and tint glasses was made at the provincial military council.

Mashriqiwal said people had started preparing documents of their motorcycles and they handed over one motorcar and 10 motorcycles to their owners after producing documents.

Local residents, provincial council members and civil society activists welcomed the campaign and said it should last long.

Gul Ahmad, a resident of Jalalabad, the provincial capital, said once bikers snatched his cell phone. Ahmad also witnessed gunmen on motorcycles killing a doctor in Angoor Bagh area and fleeing.

Civil society activist Dr. Nimatullah Hamdard told Pajhwok the campaign had proved “very beneficial” for the security of Jalalabad city.

He said security incidents involving motorcyclists had declined compared to the time three weeks ago when almost daily such incidents occurred.

A member the provincial council, Israrullah Murad, welcomed the campaign but said the drive should continue until the last motorcycle was registered.

Meanwhile, the governor’s spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani, said the campaign was being spearheaded by a joint commission.

He said the campaign would continue until documents of all motorcycles were examined.  He said besides the crackdown on motorcycles, complete changes had been brought to check posts and check points.

The official said police used to set up mobile check points in order law violators could not escape.

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