600 criminal cases registered in Kandahar last year
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): As many as 600 criminal cases, most of them robberies, have been recorded in southern Kandahar province last solar year that ended on March 21, an official said on Tuesday.
Crime branch chief at the provincial police headquarters, Abdul Rahim Alikhel, told Pajhwok Afghan News the cases included murders, sexual assaults, adultery and other crimes, but most of them were related to robberies.
Up to 678 individuals, including nine women and 27 children, had been detained in connection with 473 cases, but those involved in127 cases remained at large.
Theft cases stood at 178 last year, when mostly motorbikes and cars were stolen, he said, adding 155 criminals had been detained in connection with theft incidents. Another 23 such cases were still being investigated.
The official linked increasing robberies to the presence of vehicles lacking registration number plates and licenses.
Muhammad Naser, a resident, told Pajhwok Afghan News people were concerned about increasing incident of car-lifting in Kandahar City, the provincial capital.
He said besides vehicles and motorbikes, valuable household items were being stolen due to widespread unemployment.
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