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Organised crime rate down

Organised crime rate down

Mar 13, 2011 - 19:24

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): The number of serious and organised crime cases declined to 412 during last six months of the ongoing Afghan year, compared to the same period last year when 559 cases surfaced, an official said on Sunday.

As many as 954 different criminal cases occurred across the country over the last six months, with another 64 incidents prevented by security forces, Col. Mohammad Zahir, Kabul crime branch police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News in an interview.

He linked the drop in criminal cases to efforts by security personnel, who had been laced with modern resources.

The cases included pre-planned suicide attacks, selling guns, violence, robberies, kidnappings, alcoholic drinks, illicit relations, sodomy, gambling, terrorist activities and murders, he explained.

Of 1,639 people accused of committing these crimes, 895 had been arrested during the period, he said

Zahir asked residents of Kabul to help police arrest criminals and prevent crimes. A campaign aimed at creating awareness among public to cooperate with police would be launched at the beginning of the new Afghan year, which starts on March 21. "Bringing crime rate almost completely down to zero is hard without public cooperation," he said.

The police official vowed to intensify their efforts preventing serious and organised crimes, including murder, robbery and kidnapping.



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