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Shahr-i-Naw traders warn of investment withdrawal

Shahr-i-Naw traders warn of investment withdrawal

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May 10, 2018 - 20:02

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Shopkeepers in Kabul’s Shar-i-Naw area have warned of withdrawing their investment if the government does not ensure their security after recent attacks caused them tens of thousands of US dollars loss.

Suicide attackers attacked the 13th district police station around 11am on Wednesday and the clash continued for half an hour. The attack was claimed by Daesh or Islamic State (IS).

Moments later, five attackers stormed a private company, Shaheer, in Shahr-i-Naw area. The Shahr-I-Naw assault was claimed by the Talibaninfo-icon.

Public healthinfo-icon ministry officials on Thursday put the toll at 10 dead and 23 others wounded in the two attacks in Kabul.

The office of Etisalat telecom company and several shops were damaged and windowpanes of nearby houses and buildings shattered as a result of the bomb blasts.

Asian Development Bank, Shaheer, a commercial company, and the 10th district police station office are located in the area where suicide bombers and armed men launched their attack.

Eyewitnesses said multiple explosions occurred in the area and people were in panic.

Faramarz Aryan, one of the eyewitnesses, told Pajhwok Afghan News gun fire erupted all of a sudden when he was moving past Shaheer company and people started running from the area.

“A powerful explosion occurred after the gun fire, people started running from the area, it was totally horrific scene, I also sustained injuries in one of my ears,” he said.

Aryan asked security organs, particularly intelligence officials, to improve security situation and help stop further bloodshed.

Nasir Ahmad, who works in a cookery in Shahr-i-Naw, located 100 meters from the incident site, said: “We were stuck at the cookery shop when the attack started, we were feeling our eardrums are ruptured with each explosion with our hearts numbed.”

“The Indian Embassy’s consulate, Asian Development Bank, a branch of the Attorney General Office and behind that the 10th police district station is located in the area.”

He said the attackers killed three policemen and one Etisalat telecom company worker. He had no information about the injured.

A worker with Eiffel Tower tourism company, Ashraf Khan, said their office was located about 20 meters from the attack site. He told Pajhwok: “Yesterday at about 12pm, suicide bombers arrived in a black tinted car. First they fired and then exploded a heavy bomb and all people started fleeing, leaving their shops open.”

He said windows, computers, tables, and other office equipment of their company and of others had damaged in the series of blasts.

All these people warned of withdrawing their capital and shift to foreign countries if such attacks continued to take place in the heavily fortified areas.

Political affairs expert Mohammad Hassan Haqyar believed the Taliban and their rivals Daesh had no coordination in launching their attacks and the yesterday attacks were coincidently launched by the two groups.

ma/mds

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