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MPs dub Thursday’s suicide blast as questionable

MPs dub Thursday’s suicide blast as questionable

Jan 06, 2018 - 19:18

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Several Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon members, demanding a thorough probe into Thursday’s bombing in Kabul, on Saturday called the suicide attack “as questionable.”

At least 13 policemen were killed and another 16 wounded in the suicide attack in Banayi locality in the limits of the ninth police district near Shinozada private hospital on Thursday.

Six civilians were also injured as the Islamic State attacker detonated his explosives near a group of security personnel at around 4pm.

A large number of security personnel had gathered in the area for a crackdown on shopkeepers involved in trading illicit substances.

Prior to the attack, a clash broke out between security personnel and shopkeepers, leaving one salesman dead and four others wounded. Later, dozens of retailers held a protest.

In the operation, 1,770 grams of heroin, 53 grams of shisha, more than 2,8 kilograms of opium, over 43 kgs of hashish, 163 bottles of alcoholic drinks and some cash in afghanis, Indian and Pakistani rupees, five pistols, two AK-47s, two hand grenades were confiscated by police.

The issue came up for discussion at Wolesi Jirga’s Saturday session. Lower house member from Kabul Haji Allah Gul Mujahid: “The Thursday’s suicide attack needs more investigation.”

He believed it was a pre-planned attack as drugs, weapons and ammunition were being sold in the area. He said drugs and terrorism had a direct link and that it should be investigated how a suicide bombing occurred after a crackdown on drugs in the area.

Mohammad Sarwar Usmani, a lawmaker from western Farah province, also termed as questionable the attack. “This shows incompetency of detective and intelligence organs. It should be specified whose hands were behind the attack.”

“This is an example of liaison between terrorist networks and drugs’ producers and sellers.”

A number of other legislators also held similar views, demanding a probe into the bombing in a serious manner.

Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, condemning the attack, ordered the security and internal affairs panel of the lower house to investigate the incident jointly with security organs and report back to the house.

He also called the suicide bombing soon after searching of shops in Banayi and shopkeepers’ protest as ‘questionable’, saying security and intelligence organs should respond to public in this regard.

According to him, drugs have a direct link with terrorism and it should be investigated which group was behind the incident.

This comes as a police official had earlier said a terrorist group was behind Thursday’s attack and the protest by shopkeepers paved the ground for the attack.

Meanwhile, Kabul police commander Salim Ehsas, while acknowledging a close and direct link between terrorism and drugs, said he wouldn’t deny possible relations between alcoholic drinks’ sellers and terrorist organizations. “Security and detective teams are busy investigating the issue.”



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