Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Assassinated Kandahar Police Chief Was Optimistic about Security

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Assassinated Kandahar Police Chief Was Optimistic about Security

Article excerpt

A Taliban suicide bomber on Friday killed the Kandahar police chief, who recently noted to the Monitor gains in creating a 'safe and secure environment' in the restive province.

A Taliban suicide bomber killed the police chief of Afghanistan's critical and long restive southern province of Kandahar on Friday, just days after the chief had expressed optimism about security gains.

"I am hopeful that we will have a safe and secure environment in our city," Gen. Khan Mohammad Mujahid said in a Monday interview with the Monitor. "We have destroyed and eradicated [militants'] safe havens, so they don't have bases to plan their attacks and operations."

Four days later, a man dressed in police clothing approached General Mujahid in the courtyard of the heavily guarded police headquarters in Kandahar City, hugged him, and detonated himself. The blast killed Mujahid along with two of his bodyguards and injured three others.

His assassination is one of many recent incidents that casts increasing doubt on the abilities of the police, who will be called on to take a larger role in providing security as international forces start transitioning security to Afghan forces in select areas of the country in mid-July. When riots broke out in Mazar-e-Sharif on April 1 in response to Quran burnings in Florida, protesters managed to take guns away from the police. During riots in Kandahar last week that left at least nine dead, police angered citizens when they fired on the crowd.

In Monday's interview, Mujahid praised the increased coordination among the Afghan Army and the police, but he said it would take an additional two to four years before police attain the necessary level of professionalism to work without the support of international troops.

"People are pleased with the Afghan Army, but not the police. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.