At least four people were killed, and four others were wounded in violent crime incidents in Kabul city in the past two days, officials and relatives confirmed on Monday.
On Sunday night, robbers killed a young man named Mohammad Hadi Karimi and wounded his sister in the Dasht-e-Barchi area of PD18 of Kabul city, relatives said.
The robbers were attempting to steal Hadi's phone and money, his family said. The family is calling on the government to ensure that justice is served.
“It was night, we heard a voice and then ran out of the yard. We saw that they (the robbers) beat them (Hadi and his sister),” said Neekbakht, Hadi's mother.
Hadi's father, Ewaz Ali, said "it’s very shameful that even close to a security outpost they (security forces) are not able to maintain security. Security is exclusively for the Presidential Palace.”
“We don’t have security here and every day we are concerned about our security,” said Danish, a resident of Dasht-e-Barchi.
Kazim, another resident of Kabul city, said: “We are surprised that the government is not able to provide security for a small area."
During the same night, robbers shot and killed a man and stole his corolla-model car in the Qarabagh district of Kabul, according to eyewitnesses.
“Another person was wounded after the robbers hit him with the car they had stolen,” an eyewitness said.
Also, a policeman was killed by unknown gunmen on the same night in Qarabagh.
“Seven people have been arrested in connection with these two incidents and investigations are ongoing,” said Mohammad Haneef Sediqqi, district governor.
However, Kabul police said that they are investigating the incident.
Ferdous Faramarz, a spokesman for the Kabul police, said that 20 people were arrested on Sunday over crimes in Kabul city.
Recently, the security organizations also announced that several people have been arrested for targeted killings and IED blasts in Kabul city.
Resolute Support, the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan, reported 2,586 civilian casualties from October 1 to December 31 last year, including 810 killed and 1,776 wounded, the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said in a report released in early February.
The report says the proportion of casualties caused by IEDs increased by nearly 17 percent in this quarter, correlating with an increase in magnetically attached IEDs or “sticky bomb” attacks, the report said.
Despite the ongoing violence, casualties across Afghanistan in the last quarter of 2020 decreased by 14%, compared to the previous quarter. The quarter saw an exceptionally high number of casualties for the winter months, however, when fighting normally subsides.