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A man suspected in illegally obtaining fuel from a U.S. fuel distribution point looks on as a worker pumps fuel into a truck. The photo was taken on the hours before local National Directorate of Security and Afghan National Police officials arrested the men outside of Forward Operating Base Shank. (Photo obtained by Task Force Bayonet Judge Advocate Office)LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Local National Directorate of Security and Afghan National Police arrested four men for allegedly stealing fuel in a joint undercover law enforcement operation Sunday in Pul-e Alam.

The men are accused of illegally obtaining fuel from U.S. Forward Operating Base Shank and selling it to local gas stations for profit.

U.S. officials on the base first notified Abdul Quayom Nurzai, the Logar Chief General Crimes Prosecutor, about the suspicious activity Saturday morning.

“The law will be enforced not only in Logar, but all over Afghanistan,” said Nurzai. “We will find and prosecute criminals to the fullest extent of the law.”

 “Mr. Nurzai planned and led this joint undercover law enforcement operation,” said Army Maj. Thomas Gilleran, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team public affairs officer.  “We’re pleased with the result and the execution of such a complex operation shows great promise for Afghan law enforcement.”

Nurzai’s agents arranged a meeting in which one of the men in question provided money to an undercover agent posing as a fuel distribution point worker.

The men proceeded to fill up two 5,500 gallon trucks with fuel.  Officials apprehended them as they drove off the base.

Two U.S. Soldiers are also under investigation for their possible link to this and other fuel thefts on the base.

Further details are pending the ongoing investigation.



Last Updated on Thursday, 25 February 2010 12:08


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