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Target killings, kidnappings on the rise in Khost

Security & Crime




Target killings, kidnappings on the rise in Khost

Jun 17, 2017 - 15:23

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Residents are concerned about increasing armed robberies, target killing and kidnap incidents in the capital and far-flung areas of southeastern Khost province.

Cases of carjacking, kidnapping, killing of people by armed robbers and targeted attacks have lately been on the rise, according to residents, who seek strong action to control the situation.

Mohammad Nazir, an inhabitant of the provincial capital, told Pajhwok Afghan News they were worried about the rising crime graph. Such cases had affected routine life and business activity in the province, he complained.

“A man spends a lifetime in Dubai earning money, but robbers suddenly turn their guns at him and shoot him to death to snatch his car or cash. The government should resolve this issue,” he stressed.

Mohammad Gul, another resident of the province, said they had heard some security officers, particularly \police personnel, had connections with armed robbers.

“Increasing robberies, kidnappings and killings are badly affecting the government and the people. We want the government to rein in illegal gunmen,” he said.

Meanwhile, a number of provincial council members alleged that corruption in the appointment of security personnel had paved the ground for the appearance of illegal armed individuals.

Qamar Ali Lakanwal, a provincial council member, asked the government to take decisive steps for the protection of people’s lives and properties.

“Problems exist in the appointment of security personnel. Certain circles are interfering in the appointment of security forces. The police headquarters should deal with the issue,” he remarked.

But the Khost police chief, Brig. Gen. Faizullah Ghairat, rejected the claims of increased armed robberies and target killings. He insisted police had curbed such incidents both in the capital and rural areas.

Meanwhile, the governor’s spokesman, Mubarez Zadran, confirmed a spike in such incidents. He said the governor’s house was jointly working on a plan with security organs to crack down on illegal gunmen.

Zadran claimed a number of people involved in armed robberies and murder had been arrested in recent months.



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