Insurgent Attacks On Highways a Major Threat to Transport

New dangers on insecure highways have are a major threat to transportation in the country, the Ministry of Transport warned on Wednesday.

Provincial police commanders have also warned that armed opposition have, in response to recent government forces military operations, been attacking civilians.

Because of Taliban activity, Gen. Abdul Raziq Achakzai Kandahar police Chief, has advised foreigners not to use the roads in their own interests.

“By targeting civilians, insurgents want to strengthen their own moral and try to prove that they were are still active,” said Qasim Jangal Bagh Kunduz police Chief.

The Ministry of Transport linked all traffic incidents to the lack of security on the roads. As a result, drivers are operating in fear, especially in dangerous remote areas.

“The lack of security on the roads is weakening drivers’ moral. They want to pass the through insecure areas at high speed,” said Hekmatullah Qawanch, spokesman for the Ministry of Transport.

Meanwhile the Ministry of Interior (MoI) has warned about new tactics used by highway attackers. “They will wear fake military uniforms in areas where security forces have less control or are delayed in getting to incidents,” said spokesman Sediq Sediqi.

Passengers and drivers have raised serious concerns their safety due to the increase of insecurity on the highways.

“Security of the highways only better around the capital of Baghlan province and that is all,” said Shokrullah a driver.

“The roads are dangerous and the traffic levels have dropped,” said Barez another driver.

In recent months providing security of the highways has become a major headache for the security forces. The have now set specific times the passenger vehicles to use the highways.

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