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Kabul Records ‘Sharp Rise’ in Crime in Past Week

Kabul Records ‘Sharp Rise’ in Crime in Past Week

KABUL - Despite Kabul police recording over 60 incidents of crime in the past week, the MoI says crime has dropped by 40% in the last month.
Kabul police department said Saturday that in the past week over 60 criminal incidents have been recorded in the city, which included the murder of two people.
On Thursday, two people were gunned down and killed and another wounded in Kabul’s PD5, police said.
According to them, the shooting had been gang related and was triggered by an argument between a group of armed men.
Police have arrested the wounded man in connection with the incident. 
“They were a gang of armed men and they argued with each other. After arguing, they started shooting at each other and as a result two of them were killed and one of them was wounded,” Mohammad Salim Almas, head of the crime investigation department (CID) of Kabul police said.
The interior ministry meanwhile said crime dropped by 40 percent last month after the ministry started a program to confiscate illegal weapons and banned the use of vehicles with blacked out windows. 
“There are criminal networks and our investigative, intelligence and security departments are seriously working to identify them and arrest them,” the interior ministry’sdeputy spokesman NusratRahimi said.
Kabul residents however, disputed this and said criminal incidents are on the rise in the city and that they are worried about the continued presence of illegal armed men.
“A person gets robbed in the middle of the day and there are no police to arrest (the criminals),” Mohammad Rashid, a resident of Kabul said.
“Crime is increasing day-by-day,” another Kabul resident Sharif said.
“We know individuals who have committed big crimes, but have not been prosecuted,” another Kabul resident AmrulhaqAzimi said.
NaqibullahHashimi, a member of Kabul provincial council, meanwhile said insecurity has caused people to patrol their areas at night in order to maintain their security.
“Residents in different police districts now patrol at night and watch over their areas and secure their safety,” said Hashimi.
Despite the move to confiscate illegal weapons, Kabul residents say this has made little difference as there are still many armed groups in the city.  (Tolo news)