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Britons freed in Afghanistan after weapons arrest

BBC News  March 20, 2012

Two Britons arrested in Afghanistan in early January for carrying unlicensed guns have been released without charge

The unidentified men were in a vehicle with a local interpreter and driver when they were stopped east of Kabul.

The private security contractors, among thousands of guards operating in the country, had been held in Kabul prison.

Officials reportedly found a number of AK-47 assault rifles – one of the most commonly used weapons in Afghanistan – which did not have serial numbers.

Kabul police had called on the men’s employers to explain why they were transporting the guns without proper documentation.

All private security companies must buy weapons with serial numbers through the interior ministry, but, according to local police and intelligence officials at the time of the arrests, the weapons the men were carrying had been purchased on the black market.

Afghan sources confirmed the release of the men to the BBC. The Foreign Office has not commented on the case.

The BBC’s Lyse Doucet in Kabul says President Karzai has accused foreign guards of undermining security in the country and controversial moves are now under way to replace them with Afghan forces

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March 20, 2012 - Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractors Arrested, Contractors Held, Legal Jurisdictions, Private Security Contractor | , , , ,

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