former district police chief arrested in Khost

Taliban detains former police chief accused of aiding anti-Taliban forces in eastern Afghanistan

The Taliban in the eastern province of Khost have detained former district police chief Badruddin Haidari and three currency exchange traders who are accused of providing him with financial aid to support anti-Taliban groups.

A local source told KabulNow that Badruddin Haidari and the three men were arrested by the Taliban army’s 203 Mansoori corps on Tuesday morning.

Haidari has been accused of fundraising for anti-Taliban forces operating in the eastern provinces of Logar, Paktia, Paktika, and Khost.

However, Mustaghfar Garbaz, a spokesperson for the Taliban police in Khost, denied that the four men had been detained.

Since regaining power in August 2021, the Taliban has frequently arrested, tortured, and even killed former Afghan security forces, in spite of the general amnesty declared by the group’s leader, Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada, shortly after they recaptured Kabul.

On Sunday, a former Afghan army commander was found dead in the Ayno Maina township of southern Kandahar province.

Local sources confirmed to KabulNow that he had been shot dead by unknown gunmen, and his body was found in front of his house.