Official arrested for abuse of Afghans

A senior Afghan army colonel has been arrested for allegedly playing a role in the abuse of prisoners in the war-torn country’s central Maidan Wardak Province, Press TV reports.

According to the official, the colonel has confessed to illegally turning over an unknown number of prisoners to Zakeria Kandahari, a man accused of torturing and killing Afghan villagers.

Reports say Kandahari worked with a US Special Forces team in Maidan Wardak.

The Afghan official said the colonel had assumed Kandahari has the authority to receive and interrogate Afghan detainees. He added that the army officialâ„¢s Å“irresponsible” actions had led to his arrest.

US forces in Afghanistan however have denied involvement in the case.

Kandahari and US-led soldiers in Wardak have long been accused of committing human rights abuses.

This is while tensions have increased between US-led and Afghan forces over the international coalition security forcesâ„¢ detention, torture, and murder of villagers in Maidan Wardakâ„¢s Nerkh district.

Some military experts say the arrest has been made to calm local villagers angered by the crimes committed by US-led forces.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washingtonâ„¢s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity remains across the country despite the presence of thousands of foreign troops.

According to a UN report released in February, more than 2,750 people were killed and over 4,800 were injured in conflict-related violence in Afghanistan in 2012.

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This article originally appeared on: Press TV