Dutch police train Afghan women

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In Afghanistan, 17 women graduated from a police training following a 10-week course given mainly by two instructors from the Dutch police. During the course, the women were trained in hand-to-hand combat, explosives identification, shooting accuracy - as well as social skills.

The Dutch security and justice ministry confirmed on Wednesday the Afghan women had received diplomas in a police graduation ceremony in the capital, Kabul.

Dutch training mission In January this year, the Dutch government voted to sent a training mission to Afghanistan, consisting of 545 personnel stationed in Kabul and the northern province of Kunduz, including 225 police trainers and military personnel providing medical and logistics support.

Women are seen as playing a crucial role in the enforcement of law and order in the war-racked country, as it’s thought many victims of violence in Afghanistan would cooperate more willingly with women police officers.

In a previous mission - which claimed the lives of 24 Dutch soldiers - some 1,950 troops were sent as part of the ISAF force, mainly to the central province of Uruzgan. The previous deployment lasted four years and ended last August 2010.

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