June 3, 2006

Top Afghan police officials sacked after riots

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai has
sacked dozens of senior police officials in an effort to boost
security in Kabul, an official said on Saturday, days after
anti-U.S. riots in the capital.

The shake-up may also include Kabul's police chief, General
Jamil Junbish, whose forces failed to prevent rioters from
rampaging through the city on Monday after a U.S. military
truck crashed into Afghan vehicles and killed at least five

Karzai has ordered the replacement of more than 80 interior
ministry generals, the official said on condition of anonymity.

The interior ministry said in a statement that 86 generals
have been appointed for "improvement and maintenance of
security and for necessary reforms in the ministry."

Police generals are in charge of precincts and departments
within the Interior Ministry.

During Monday's protests against the U.S. presence, rioters
looted shops, besieged a television station, burned the offices
of a U.S. aid group, and broke windows of a new hotel before
reaching the gates of parliament and the U.S. embassy.

At least seven people were killed in the riots.

The top traffic police officer in the district where the
accident happened said he saw U.S. soldiers at the tail of a
withdrawing convoy shoot three people as hundreds of people
surged toward departing U.S. vehicles.

Karzai put off a scheduled official overseas trip after the
riots and a night time curfew has been force in Kabul since.