The officers were arrested by the NDS while trying to sell more than 7000 bullets to the Taliban, said Badghis governor Mohammad Anwar Ishaqzai
NDS Nabs 7 ANP Officers Accused of Selling Weapons to Taliban
Office of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in Badghis province said on Monday that it has arrested seven members of the Afghan National Police (ANAP) accused of selling weapons of the security forces to the Taliban.
According to local officials in Badghis, the group of officers were under the command of the technical department of Badghis police headquarters. They are alleged to have sold thousands of munitions to the Taliban over the past two years.
The officers were arrested by the NDS while trying to sell more than 7000 bullets to the Taliban, said Badghis governor Mohammad Anwar Ishaqzai.
Local officials have said that a man was serving as link between the group of officers selling the weapons and the Taliban.
“When we first came to the technical department, we knew nothing. There were guys who for six months had been removing weapons and ammunition, including bombs,” said one of the accused.
Part of the munitions which are sold to the Taliban, are weapons that were sent to the check points during the wars with the Taliban. It appears that alleged criminals were keeping the weapons for themselves and then selling them on to the Taliban. They then claimed that all the ammunition had been spent by government forces while fighting the Taliban.
“They (Taliban) contacted us and asked us to sell them the weapons. This included approximately five missiles and some AK47 rifle bullets. We said that we cannot do this, because we had not committed to such a job,” said another of the arrested officers.
It is said that more than 80,000 munitions and bullets have been sold to the Taliban by these officers.
Badghis governor said that the criminals were operating under a network and were selling the ammunition to the Taliban in a highly secret way despite knowing that these weapons were used by the Taliban to kill the civilians and security forces.
Baghis officials have said that the involved officers have close ties with other officers who were accused of selling weapons to the Taliban in some other parts of the country, adding that there was a possibility that similar networks exist in other provinces within the security ranks.
“Those who have been arrested are first lieutenants, their crime of selling the bullets is unforgivable,” said Badghis governor Ishaqzai.
This comes at a time US army officials also earlier reported similar problems in the ranks of Afghans forces.
Previously the US announced that it has terminated the payroll for 30,000 ghost soldiers within the ranks of Afghan forces.