Residents near Kabul airport want military bases shifted
KABUL (Pajhwok): Families living near the Hamid Karzai International Airport on Tuesday asked the government to shift military bases from residential areas because civilians mostly suffered casualties in attacks on these installations.
Two people were killed and another 36 including nine women were injured on Monday evening when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-filled car near the Met Office southeast of the Hamid Karzai International Airport. The same day and in the same area, another suicide attack occurred in front of the airport’s entrance gate at around 11:30am.
In the earlier attack, the bomber detonated his explosives-laden vehicle when police signalled him to stop at a checkpoint. Nobody else was harmed in the explosion.
The Taliban have claimed responsibility for both the attacks, saying many foreign troops were killed and wounded as a result.
A resident of a nearby area, Jalaluddin, said his six family members were injured in the second blast on Monday, which smashed windowpanes of his home.
“Military bases should be established in non-residential areas because they could not control the situation and only civilians suffer losses in attacks on them,” said Jalaluddin, whose eyebrow area was also injured by flying windows grasses. He claimed incurring more than 100,000 afghanis in damages to his home.
All people of the area were afraid and even many people could not come out of their homes fearing more blasts, another resident of the locality, Abdul Mateen, said, adding that two explosions jolted the area on Monday.
His son, who was injured in the morning blast, was mentally shocked by the second blast in the evening, he said. “Now nightmares come to him in dreams,” the father said.
“All local people who work in the area fear they can die or be wounded in blasts anytime. They cannot abandon work because they have to support their families,” another dweller of the area, Faridoon said.
With tears rolling down his cheeks, he said his two nephews who visited nearby shops for purchasing food yesterday were yet to return home and only their shoes were found lying on the ground after the evening blast.
“We don’t know where they are until this afternoon. We searched all hospitals, but couldn’t find them,” he said.
The angry resident said if he was the president, he would have sacked the interior minister and other security officials and would have deprived on-duty officers in the area of their salaries.
Download “Pajhwok” mobile App, on your smartphone to read and access latest news, features, interviews, videos and photos about Afghanistan.