A number of Kunduz residents and provincial council members on Thursday said the security situation in the province has deteriorated substantially and that military personnel and civilians are being targeted mysteriously by unknown gunmen.
Kunduz provincial council members said dozens of security force members along with civilians have been killed by in Kunduz city in recent months.
“The figures show that at least 19 people have been killed in the (Kunduz) city alone. This is highly concerning. People are killed in areas close to the NDS office and the police headquarters. Police soldiers are also among those killed. This is a shame,” said Amruddin Wali, head of Kunduz provincial council.
“Two people were killed on the Chahardara Road, two in the city center and one in the (greater) city. Also a bodyguard of the (police) chief was killed. These are murders. People are being threatened,” said Khosh Mohammad Nasr Tayar, a member of the council.
Kunduz residents claim that the gunmen flee the scene immediately after shooting someone.
“People are really frightened. People are killed inside the city and then they (the killers) escape. A few days ago, a person was killed in the city and the killers escaped in a rickshaw,” said Hamidullah, a resident of Kunduz.
“Two people were killed in Zargariha (Jewelry) street and their weapons were taken. We were shocked,” said Naqibullah, another Kunduz resident.
But according to the police chief, Abdul Hamid Hamidi, security forces are being targeted by the Taliban as the group has changed their war tactics.
“We have arrested the perpetrators of the last two or three terrorist incidents where our soldiers were killed. This (targeted shootings) is part of the militants plans,” he said.