Afghanistan cracks down on private security; 2 companies closed

October 11, 2007 14:36

Afghan authorities this week shut down two private security companies and said more than 10 others - some suspected of murder and robbery - would soon be closed, Afghan and Western officials said Thursday. Authorities on Tuesday shut down the Afghan-run security companies Wathan and Caps and 82 illegal weapons were found during the two raids in Kabul, police Gen. Ali Shah Paktiawal said. A Western security official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said some major Western companies were on the list of at least 10 others tapped for closure, but would not give names.

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