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At least seven local police have been detained in north-eastern Kunduz province for various crimes including murder, security officials said Monday.

Afghan Local Police (ALP) chief Ali Shah Ahmadzai said that the detained men were known to have committed different crimes such as murder, robbery and misuse of uniform.

The ALP has been heavily criticized in the past for its officers violation of human rights, extortion, causing unrest among the people and misuse of weapons.

Ahmadzai said that group includes two national police who misused the local police uniform.

"The group is accused of taking money from the people, misusing weapons and bothering people in the province," he told TOLOnews.

Previously, a group of five ALP were arrested after being accused of murder, extortion, and injuring two women in northern Baghlan province.

"The local police fought with a man in the province who had illegal arms and as a result of the conflict two women were injured. The case is before the judicial organisations," Ahmadzai said.

Ahmadzai said the ALP's problems are linked to low literacy among its officers and the mental damage of three decade of war in the country. Efforts are underway to resolve the problems in this field, he added.

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