Andar ANP welcome Ghazni PRT

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Written by U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Katherine Roling Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs Tuesday, 01 June 2010 22:46

Afghan National Police greet Polish soldiers and the Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team, May 29, at the Andar District Center. Their police chief, Col. Muhammad Nabi Patang, died fighting insurgents May 22, but the group banded together and the ANP maintained their positions. Dedicated to protecting the district, they await the official announcement of a new Andar police chief. The Ghazni PRT visited Andar district to discover what the current situation was at the district center and to speak to the ANP. (Photo by U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Katherine Roling, Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)Afghan National Policemen welcomed the Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction team at the Andar District Center to discuss recent events in the Andar district, May 29.

 

Recently, Andar chief of police, Col. Muhammad Nabi Patang, lost his life while fighting of insurgents during a patrol, May 22. Afghan Col. Sardar, the deputy chief, replaced him shortly afterward.

 

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – An Afghan National Policeman stands guard at the gate to the Andar District Center, which has been attacked by insurgents. Afghan Col. Mohammad Patang, former chief of police in Andar, died while fighting the insurgents May 22. Andar is also in the midst of a hostage crisis, following the kidnapping of 24 students and murder of 11 of them May 21. The entire province of Ghazni shut down businesses to mourn and protest the insurgents’ kidnappings May 23. (Photo by U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Katherine Roling, Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Hafizullah, counter-terrorist police chief, stands outside the Andar District Center with the Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team. He spoke to the PRT about the kidnappings and the recent death of Col. Mohammad Nabi Patang, which took place May 22. Patang was was well-known for his leadership abilities that pulled the ANP together. Patang was the former police chief who lost his life while fighting insurgents. Now, the ANP await the official announcement of a new police chief. (Photo by U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Katherine Roling, Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)

The ANP remain dedicated to securing the district center and the neighboring Miri village in the wake of the death of Col. Patang and several kidnapping incidents in May.

Recently, the Andar district saw the kidnapping of 24 university and high school students between 15 and 20 years old, May 21.

The act spurred the people of Ghazni province to close their businesses to protest and mourn the deaths of 11 hostages killed by the insurgents, May 23.

Hafizullah, the Andar counter-terrorist police chief, spoke to the Ghazni PRT about the kidnappings and the recent death of Col. Patang, who was well-known for his leadership abilities that pulled the ANP together.

“Colonel Patang was an outstanding policeman,” said Hafizullah.

All ANP are here to stay and stand their ground, while waiting for the official announcement of a new police chief, he said.

Hafizullah said the insurgents kidnapped the students while they were on the way to their homes or their cars, but not at school.

The insurgents are intent on disrupting the lives of the people, Hafizullah pointed out. Currently, the insurgents have closed off the mosques and no one can pray, he said.

The Ghazni PRT understands the great risk the Andar ANP experience every day and hopes to maintain relations with the police.

“We appreciate the very hard and dangerous work you do to fight the insurgents,” said Jason Crosby from Washington, D.C., Department of State representative with the Ghazni PRT.

 

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