Afghan security officials confer with Tajikistan authorities: MOI
Sat Jul 28, 1:36 pm
In the aftermath of Tajikistan military troops facing increased insurgent attacks on the Afghanistan and Tajikistan border, Afghan security officials visited the president of Tajikistan on Thursday 26 of July.
Minister of Interior Bismillah Mohammadi and Director of National Security Rahmatullah Nabil made an official trip to Tajikistan to discuss common security interests and military cooperation. They also discussed with Tajikistan officials how to avoid the spread of terrorism, extremism and the problem of weapons smuggling.
President Hamid Karzai spoke via telephone with his Tajikistan counterpart regarding the same issues one day before Mr. Mohammadi and Mr. Nabil made their trip to Tajikistan.
The Tajikistan presidential website said that Tajikistan had worked with senior Afghan officials to identify and arrest a group of armed Afghan smugglers and other criminals that had linked up with Tajikistan based criminals in the Kharogh border area. The arrests were made on Tajikistan soil very close to Afghanistan.
“More observation and improvements are needed in the border areas between the countries in the Beland Kohi area of Badakhshan province.” Also, improved cooperation will occur at Police check points closer to the Tajikistan town of Karogh, according to the statement on the website.
“Based on the reported information, an Afghan smuggling group which had direct connections with people in Tajikistan was arrested in Afghanistan after cooperation and coordination by both governments. Together, we are continuing effectively defend the border areas.”
Sediq Sediqi the ministry of interior affairs spokesman for the country confirmed the arrest of 20 persons close to the border of Tajikistan.
Based on other reports 200 had gathered and were planning to join armed anti-Tajikistan insurgents. Unconfirmed reports stated that they had been arrested in the Hawzi shiwa area of Sheghnan district of Badakhshan province closer to Kharogh area of Tajikistan. Nobody has confirmed the new arrest reports.
According to Nazarof, head of the National Security department of Tajikistan, the most recent attack in the city of Kharogh resulted in the death of 30 armed rebels and 12 Tajik soldiers. Also, 23 of the insurgents were wounded and 40 others detained. Among the detainees, some were Afghan Nationals.
Abdullah Nazarof, the chief of the National Security department was killed by unknown armed rebels in the area of Kharogh near the Afghanistan border on 21th of January.
Tajikistan officials have said they were doubtful that the group led by insurgent commander Talib Ayam Bik Hoof was responsible for the death of Abdullah Nazarof, former National Security Director for Tajikistan.