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article imageBritish contractors arrested in Afghanistan

By Owen Weldon     Jan 5, 2012 in Crime
Police officers in Afghanistan arrested two British contractors after a cache of weapons were found in their vehicle. The group of men work for Garda World
The contractors work as private security contractors, and two Afghan colleagues were also arrested. Officials on Thursday said that their company has been ordered to shut down too. Afghan police are no holding them for investigation into transporting illegal arms.
According to ABC, the detention of the men is the recent trouble face by the many private security companies that guard private businesses, supply convoys and developmental projects. All protection companies are supposed to close down by March, under orders of the president of Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai. The protection companies are supposed to be replaced by a government run force.
According to Monster and Critics, the two British men are Julian Steele and James Davis, and they were stopped and arrested on Tuesday. An official for the Interior Ministry said that 30 AK-47s in the vehicle they were travelling in.
The group of men all work for Garda World, which is one of the private firms that support troops led by NATO. The company provides services such as securing safe passage of logistics convoys.
According to NPR, Garda World did not immediately comment on Thursday. The company also has offices in Haiti, Iraq, Yemen and Pakistan.
A British Embassy spokesman said that the Embassy is providing the two British citizens with consular services and they were monitoring the case.
As of now, around 57 private companies have shut down. However, there are still around 46 private companies that are still operating in the country.
In order for Afghan forces to take over the work that private contractors perform, they will need to train 25,000 guards.
However, as of late last year, only around 6,500 guards were trained.
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