2 Former Members of Afghan Security Forces From Daikundi Province Detained by Taliban

Saturday, 02/10/2024

Local sources told Afghanistan International that the Taliban detained two former members of Daikundi province police in Maidan Wardak province.

According to sources, Reza Mujahidzada was the police commander of Pato district and Reza Hekmatyar was the acting police commander of the Shahristan district in Daikundi.

According to sources, on Thursday in Maidan Shahr, the capital of Maidan Wardak province, the Taliban forcibly removed Mujahidzada from his car. Additionally, two days prior, in the vicinity of Jalriz area in Maidan Wardak province, Taliban apprehended Hikmatyar.

Sources said that following the Taliban’s takeover of power in Afghanistan, Mujahidzada maintained collaboration with the group in Miramor district of Daikundi province as per the local Taliban's request. However, he was later relieved of his duties. It has been reported that following the cessation of his affiliation with the Taliban, Mujahidzada was transporting passengers on routes between Daikundi Province and Kabul.

According to local sources, Hekmatyar served as the head of the police command in Shahristan district for a period. Prior to the collapse of the previous government, he held the position of a criminal officer in the same district. Following the Taliban's takeover of power, Hekmatyar has been working as an ordinary person.

Taliban officials have not commented on the detention of these two former police officers.

Despite the Taliban's declaration of a general amnesty, there have been reports over the past two years indicating the detention of hundreds of security forces members and former government employees. Some reports suggest instances of torture and killings.

The United Nations has consistently criticised the Taliban's killing of former security forces.

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