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174 people murdered in Herat since March

174 people murdered in Herat since March

Feb 28, 2017 - 16:02

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): More than 170 people were assassinated in western Herat province during the ongoing solar yearinfo-icon that ends on March 21, public representatives say.

The provincial council (PC) members said they were concerned about the increasing targeted killings in the province that borders Iran.

Dr. Mahdi Hadid, who heads the PC security committee, told Pajhwok Afghan News that 174 individuals had been killed during the period, including 38 persons who were murdered for political reasons and the rest in personal hostilities. “The killings show how much insecurity is in Herat.”

He said seven people were murdered in the past one month alone. He said the Ministry of Interior (MoI) should increase the police strength in Herat to cope with the situation.

“We are going to summon the provincial police chief today (Tuesday) to the provincial council office to find a proper solution to the matter.”

Meanwhile, Mohammad Rafiq Sherzai, Herat regional hospital spokesman, said about 50 people who were gunned down had been registered with the hospital this solar year. He said they had received 300 people with bullet wounds at the hospital during the period.

“Military personnel were among those killed and wounded but most of the victims were civilians.”

Abdul Ahad Walizada, police spokesman, said nearly 270 individuals had been arrested in the past one month in connection with terrorist attacks, armed robberies, kidnapping, murder, smuggling and moral corruption. According to him, different kinds of weapons were also seized from the detainees.

He said three alleged assassins were detained by police recently before they could achieve their goal.

However, local residents accused security forces of incompetency, saying they have no programme in hand to ensure security of the provincial capital, Herat City.

Mohammad Qasam Faqiri, Guzra district people’s council head, said security situation was deteriorating day by day in the province. “Recently there were murders every day, but still no security measures have been taken.”

He while accusing the governor and security forces of incompetency, said: “Our neighbors also don’t have good intentions towards our country.”

Ismail Rahimi, a resident of Herat city, said: “People are tired of denouncing untoward incidents, now is the time to take a serious action.” He asked the government to take prompt action curbing assassination incidents.

Meanwhile, experts and analysts said the increasing murder cases in Herat showed the weakness of security forces and judicial organs.

Abdul Qader Kamil, a political analyst in Herat, said: “Security forces’ duty is law enforcement, ensuring the law and order and combating terrorism. But when security forces fail to do their duty, assassinations increase.”

He said the increasing murders had further eroded people’s confidence in security forces.



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