British Private Security Contractors arrested carrying AK-47s in Kabul
Update by Washington Post: Statement by GardaWorld
The firm said Thursday that it was cooperating with the Afghan investigation. A statement indicated it did not own the AK-47s but was in the process of buying them through legal channels.
“The weapons in question were being taken to be tested at a firing range before being purchased and properly licensed by GardaWorld,” the company said. “We fully comply with all laws and regulations in our Afghanistan operations and are making every effort to work closely with the Afghan authorities to rectify the situation as soon as possible.”
Both Britons work for a private company that provides security for foreign installations in Kabul, according to an official from Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The Telegraph January 4, 2012
Two British private security contractors have been arrested in Afghanistan after they were stopped by police with 30 AK-47 assault rifles in their vehicle.
The men were buying weapons from two Afghan arms dealers who were arrested at the same time, a private security source close to the situation told the Daily Telegraph.
The four men were transporting the weapons to a range to test fire them before the deal was finalised, the source said.
Mohammed Zahair, of the Kabul police, said the men were stopped as they drove from the airport towards the Jalalabad road.
“They were caught on the road at a check point,” he added. “They are in custody and our investigations are continuing.”
Ayoub Salangi, the chief of police in Kabul, said some of the weapons did not have serial numbers or the numbers had been removed.
“We asked the company to show their licence but they are yet to do so,” he added.
It is understood the firm claims that paperwork was filed with the Ministry of the Interior notifying them of the deal.
“The British Embassy is in contact with the Afghan authorities and stands ready to provide consular assistance,” the spokesman added.