At least three Afghan security personnel were killed in three security incidents, involving a shooting and two explosions, in the city of Kabul over the last 24 hours amid a surge in armed robberies in the city.
Armed men shot and killed an army doctor in Kabul province's Bagrami district, a police officer was killed in an IED explosion in Paghman district that targeted his vehicle on Tuesday morning, and in PD12 of Kabul city on Monday evening an IED explosion killed an army officer and wounded another.
“What was my father’s sin? He was a doctor, and he was serving the country,” said Omran, son of Shaib Miskinyar, an army officer.
Miskinyar had nine children. His family blamed the security institutions for failing to ensure the safety of the people.
“Why are we living in poverty? Why is peace is not coming to this country? It is regrettable,” said Nawid, a relative of the slain army officer.
“It is shameful. I would hang myself if it was me instead of (acting interior minister) Mr. Andarabi and I could not ensure the safety of Kabul,” said Safiullah, a Kabul resident.
The explosion in PD12 that targeted the police vehicle in Paghman not only killed the police officer but also killed a bystander and wounded another.
“People’s comfort has vanished due to the lack of security in Kabul,” said Nekbakht Fahimi, an MP.
Amid a dramatic rise in violent crime, Kabul police have ordered a ban on the illegal distribution of sim cards and old mobile phones in local markets. The police said 10 suspects were arrested for criminal and terrorist activities, but residents and analysts said these efforts are not enough.
“Police will fight against crime networks and criminals who jeopardize Kabul's security and they will be suppressed,” Kabul police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz said.