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ACCI warns of protest over trader’s kidnapping

AT-KABUL: Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) warned that if the government failed to rescue the kidnapped businessman from abductors, the traders would stop importing food items and will go on a nationwide shutter-down protest.

Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, the deputy chief of ACCI, Khan Jan Alkozai, said that a group of kidnappers wearing uniform of the National Directorate Security (NDS) abducted Wahdatullah on Saturday afternoon.

He said the trader was kidnapped around 1:30 pm from Bagrami district of Kabul.

“The armed kidnappers started beating the trader. First people tried to prevent them but the kidnappers opened fire. The trader was abducted at gunpoint. Some people were injured in the firing. Wahdatullah was importing food items,” he said.

Khan Jan said that police arrived at the scene at 2:00 pm when the kidnappers had already taken the trader from the market.

He alleged that the police had links with kidnappers in this case because it was impossible to kidnap a person in the broad daylight, especially when police is not far from the crime scene.

The ACCI’s deputy chief said that some people were easily getting military and police uniforms but the government was not taking any action.

ACCI reported that in the last two months 38 traders were kidnapped. ACCI claimed that there are one million illegal guns in Kabul City.

ACCI stressed that Taliban and Daesh is not a great danger for traders but kidnapping and looting is the main challenge.

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