Governors Look to Address Kabul-Kandahar Highway Security Crisis
Kabul – The Governors of Ghazni, Maidan Wardak, Zabul and Kandahar provinces held a meeting on Sunday in Maidan Shahr, the capital city of Wardak province, to address the concerns of logistics and supply companies who have been subject to Taliban attacks on the Kabul-Kandahar highway. The Provincial Governors urged security institutions to take immediate steps to address increasing security problems along the thoroughfare.
“We discussed the security situation of the Kabul-Kandahar highway with four Governors and soon we will find a lasting solution to the problem,” said Musa Khan Akbar Zada, Governor of Ghazni.
Oil tankers, in particular, have been the target of more and more Taliban attacks along the Kabul-Kandahar highway. The owners of companies with vested interests in the oil trucks as well as other commercial deliveries that use the highway are increasingly worried about the safety of their drivers and their payloads.
“The Taliban has burnt down seven of our oil tankers over a span of four months. The security institutions should adopt stringent measures to prevent such attacks. Because of such attacks we have been experiencing heavy losses,” said Shafiqullah Wardak, the head of Nusrat Logistics Company. It is said that Salar and Syed Abad districts of Wardak province are the most dangerous areas on the Kabul-Kandahar highway, where a majority of the oil tankers suffer insurgent attacks.
Asharf Pathan, Syed Abad’s police chief said, “We can deploy up to 800 soldiers to provide security in the Syed Abad district. This will definitely help in putting a check on the attacks on the oil tankers.” According to reports, over 570 oil tankers use the highway every day, and the Taliban targets at least three tankers each time. (ToloNews)