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Kunduz residents in fear as kidnapping incidents spike

Kunduz residents in fear as kidnapping incidents spike

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Mar 09, 2020 - 17:01

KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Three people were kidnapped within a month in northern Kunduz province, terrifying local residents.

Unknown gunmen kidnapped one government officer and two businessmen in Kunduz during the past one month, prompting local residents to stop sending their children to school.

Security officials, however, claim they have tmade necessary arrangements to stop kidnapping incidents.

Safiullah Amiri, deputy head of the Kunduz Provincial Council, said kidnapping incidents o and targeted attacks recently surged in Kunduz.

“Three individuals, including a government official, were kidnapped in one month and two persons killed in the city during this time,” he said.

“Due to the surge in crimes, people are worried and they do not want to send their children to school.”

Khalil Qarizada, a member of the Provincial Council, also acknowledged crimes lately increased in Kunduz.

He said residents often approached the Provincial Council to register their complaints which they used to share with the authorities concerned.

Syed Habibullah, a resident of Kabulinfo-icon City, said: “Militants have reached the city’s boundaries and every moment there is chance of kidnapping. People who are not economically sound now refrain from sending their children to school,” he said.

Responding to public worries, Police Chief Brig. Gen. Rashid Bashir said a strategy had been formed to stop kidnapping and other crimes.

“The government official was kidnapped from the road while another person was taken from the City and we are trying to stop these incidents,” he said.

He asked residents to fully cooperate with security forces in maintaining the law and order situation.

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