Residents demand security, answer

Written by The Frontier Post

KABUL (Tolo News): Residents of western Kabul demanded answers for the recent attacks on civilians, saying the government, especially security agencies, has not applied an effective plan to prevent such incidents and boost the safety of the area. Figures collected by TOLOnews show that 25 people were killed and 27 were wounded in six blasts that targeted passenger minivans and other vehicles in the west of Kabul in the past two weeks.
Sayed Murtaza, a civil society activist, 45, was killed in blast in the west of Kabul that targeted a minivan. He was the only breadwinner for his seven-member family. “Our safety should be ensured. We don’t have further patience to lose our loved ones,” said Sajida, Murtaza’s daughter.
“What is our sin? To whom should we take our complaints? I am not telling the government or the international community, I am calling on the Taliban–why are you killing me?” said Sayed Ali, Murtaza’s son. Following last month’s deadly blasts near Sayed al-Shuhada school in the west of Kabul that killed at least 90 people, President Ashraf Ghani ordered his team to make a security plan for the west of Kabul. But it is not clear when it will be implemented.
“They are attacking minivans and buses in the west of Kabul. I have lost three members of my family,” said Haji Qasim, a resident of the west of Kabul. “We have demands for the government, for the president, who should make efforts to help us,” said Mohammad Zia, another resident of the area.
President Ghani’s senior adviser Mohammad Mohaqiq also criticized the government for not showing an interest in implementing a security plan for the west of Kabul. “It should not be included in long-term or time-consuming plans. It needs urgency because the people are faced with an unmerciful enemy,” Mohaqiq told TOLOnews.
“Work is underway on the plan in terms of technical aspects and security. We are working to fill the gaps to boost security in those areas,” said Tariq Arian, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior Affairs. TOLOnews figures show that over the last two weeks, two buses and four minivans have been targeted by blasts in various areas in western Kabul.

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