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Weapons made in neighboring countries make way to Afghanistan

KABUL: Kabul Police Chief on Saturday said that illegal weapons are making way to Afghanistan from neighboring countries which had created serious security issues for the Afghan government.

Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi in a press conference told newsmen that different types of weapons produced in neighboring countries are brought into the country illegally. He said that smuggled weapons are used by criminals in the capital city and other parts of the country.

“Different types of weapons including AK47 and pistols enter into Kabul. The law enforcement agencies are mulling to collect all illegal weapons,” Gen Rahimi said.

Expressing his concerns over poor implementation of the DDR and DIAG procedures he said the programs were not implemented the way required and still there are a lot of illegal weapons in the country.

Regarding achievements made in the past two weeks he said that 150 suspected criminals were arrested from different jurisdictions of the capital city. He said the many suspects are involved in serious crimes such as murder, armed robberies, carrying illegal weaponry and fake currency, drugs and liquor smuggling, prostitution and stealing number plates from vehicles.

Gen. Rahimi said that arrest of the criminals played crucial role in decline of crimes rate. The capital police also arrested six kidnappers who abducted Elhamuddin, a seven-year old child, and later killed him. He added that the kidnappers confessed to their crimes.

Elhamuddin’s uncle Najmuddin on the occasion sought exemplary punishment for killers of his nephew and said that his nephew was kidnapped and later killed on last Tuesday. “The kidnappers asked $100,000 in ransom but my nephew was already killed. Police found his dead body. The killers should be punished according to Sharia law [hanged till death],” he said.

The police chief said that additional security measures had been taken by the capital city police to protect lives and properties of public. (Abdul Zuhoor Qayomi)

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