NATO arrests Afghan police chief over 'bomb help'

NATO-led forces arrested a deputy provincial police chief they accused of helping place roadside bombs north of Kabul, officials said.

NATO arrests Afghan police chief over 'bomb help'

NATO-led forces arrested a deputy provincial police chief they accused of helping place roadside bombs north of Kabul, officials said.

Provincial officials said Sunday that the man was an honest and good officer.

NATO did not inform Afghan Interior Ministry, which oversees the police about the arrest in advance, the ministry spokesman Zamary Bashary said. He said, the ministry is contacting NATO to learn what happened.

However, NATO did not identify the detainee but said "joint Afghan-coalition forces" arrested an Afghan national police commander Friday for illegal activity in Kapisa and the Bagram district — the site of the main U.S. military hub — in neighboring Parwan province.

NATO detained Attaullah Wahab, the deputy police chief and security director in Kapisa province along with a bodyguard in a raid backed by helicopters while he was home in the provincial capital of Mahmud-i-Raqi, according to a spokesman for the provincial government, Halim Ayar.

Foreign forces accused him of involvement in the storage, distribution and installation of bombs on roads surrounding Mahmud-i-Raqi. IEDs, or improvised explosive devices, are the military term for homemade bombs, by far the weapon used most by insurgents.

Ayar, however, said Wahab had been in his post for about a year and was an honest man and a good officer.

But, he said dozens of residents staged a protest against the arrest Saturday.

US-West forces have been occupying the country for years with thousands of troops.


Agencies

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