Parwan Governor Basir Salangi on Monday reported that a number of illegal weapons stores, amounting to a total of nearly 100 heavy and light firearms, have been discovered by security forces.
Governor Salangi said that troops were in the process of confiscating the weapons from around the province and said that 12 suspected murderers and 15 illegally armed men have been arrested during the operations.
"No government group or non-government group supports these illegally armed men," Salangi said. "They are only stray and criminal people and the election vacuum has allowed them to pickup guns and try to exploit the situation," he added.
There are unconfirmed reports that among the weapons seized by Parwan forces this week were Afghan military weapons, suggesting that members of the National Army have either sold their weapons or had them stolen from them.
But Salangi rejected those reports. "These weapons are not related to the police or the national army. The weapons they have were either bought them from the black market or they had them from the past," he maintained.
Without the source of the illegal arms being addressed, however, many are worried that the operations will have accomplished nothing, and problems related to insecurity and lack of rule of law will persist.
Parwan province neighbors Kabul and has traditionally been considered one of the most secure provinces in the country. But a recent uptick in killings, banditry and other criminal activity this year has caused many to fear for a worsening security situation there.