Taliban detains two former soldiers in Balkh, sources confirm

Taliban has apprehended two former members of Afghanistan’s national police in Mazar-e-Sharif City, the center of the northern province of Balkh, sources said on Wednesday.

The individuals identified as Mohammad Sharif and Mohammad Wazir, who are brothers, were taken into custody on Sunday, December 3, according to local sources.

According to sources, both Mohammad Sharif and Mohammad Wazir had previously served in the Balkh Police Headquarters under the republic government. However, after the fall of the previous government, they transitioned to working as taxi drivers in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif.

The grounds for their arrest are purportedly linked to the discovery of a hand grenade in Mohammad Sharif’s vehicle. Nevertheless, sources have raised claims that the Taliban deliberately placed the hand grenade in his car.

As of now, the Taliban has not issued any official comment or statement on the matter. The arrest of these former military personnel adds to the evolving situation in Afghanistan, underscoring the complexities and challenges faced by individuals associated with the previous government in the current political landscape.