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Worried by attacks, residents demand relocation of GVC

Worried by attacks, residents demand relocation of GVC

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Jan 16, 2019 - 15:12

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Some residents of the 9th police district in capital Kabul have demanded the relocation of the Green Village Camp (GVC) -- the target of Monday evening’s massive car-bomb attack.

Hundreds of homes and shops in the neighbourhood were damaged as a result of the intensity of the blast, according to residents, who warned of kicking up a storm of protests if their demand was ignored.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said the target of the car bombing was the GVC, is a non-governmental facility where foreigners stay. Four people were killed and 113 others, including 23 children and 12 womeninfo-icon, injured.

However, locals claim more than 200 people were injured in the bombing. The Talibaninfo-icon claimed responsibility for the assault involving five assailants. The group claimed killing tens of foreigners.

This facility was attacked in 2012, 2013 and 2014 as well. Residents of the locality, referring to the string of attacks, said such facilities should not exist in the residential areas.

Haji Zia Noori, a community representative, said: “Residents of the area are often affected as a result of bomb attacks on the GVC. We have repeatedly asked the government to transfer the facility to another area.”

About one of the victims named Zakir, 22, he said: “What was his fault? He recently graduated from school and was getting preparing for the university entrance test.

“If the GVC is not relocated from the area, we will block the Kabul-Jalalabad Road as a token of protest,” he warned. The attack has raised grave security among inhabitants, the elder added.

Haji Rahimullah Mujahid, the Kabul provincial council chairman, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “Now that the government has lost the ability to provide security to the people, it should listen to public demands by dismantling the camp.”

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