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Gardez residents in shock as armed robberies rise

Gardez residents in shock as armed robberies rise

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May 19, 2019 - 17:11

GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Residents of southeastern Paktia province on Sunday voiced their deep concern about what they said increasing insecurity and armed robberies in the province.

They claim armed robbers have been looting people’s homes and taking money from people at gun-point on highways.

About the relevant concern, director of a real estate dealer office in Gardez city, the provincial capital, who wished to go unnamed, told Pajhwok Afghan News that a few days back some armed robbers in security forces uniform snatched money and vehicle from him.

He said, “It was midnight when the robbers came to our office and pointed pistols at me and asked to give the vehicle keys and money.”

Noorullah, not a real name, a resident of Robat area of Gardez, told Pajhwok he was looted by armed robbers on his way home from bazaar.

He said: “I was returning home in the evening when four individuals stopped me and showed knives and took my mobile and money.”

Mohammad Rahman Qadari, a provincial council member, told Pajhwok that concerns raised after armed robbers looted a home situated between the police headquarters and the 2th police district.

Qadari accused the police headquarters’ officials of corruption and negligence and demanded fundamental reforms and changes in police ranks.

He said the issue had been shared with the central government to bring about reforms in the police ranks.

Sayed Jamaluddin Asifkhel, a civil societyinfo-icon activist, accused the criminal investigation department officials of negligence and said security forces had failed in preventing such incidents.

Asifkhel said security forces should make every effort to prevent robbery incidents in the province.

He said, “Within a week, we witnessed more than 10 incidents in which people lost their vehicles and homes were looted.”

Dauad Tapan, director of research office, told Pajhwok that people were deeply concerned about insecurity not only in the city but around the capital.

He said security forces should increase coordination among them and asked the central government to extend further support to the provincial administration in this regard.

On the other hand, crime branch police chief Col. Dadullah Hotak confirmed the latest crimes taking place in the last two weeks and said they had taken measures to prevent such incidents.

Hotak said they banned pillion bike riding both during night and daytime in the city in the wake of increasing insecurity. He said the ban was aimed at reducing security related incidents in the province.

He said they had devised a comprehensive plan for Gardez security and an armed robber was arrested in the limits of 2nd police district. He assured the people of good security and increase in security measures

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