Kunduz Residents Complain of Assassinations and Kidnappings Amid Rising Poverty
After the Taliban took control of the country, crime in Kunduz has increased.
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_After the Taliban took control of the country, crime in has increased. In recent days, this issue has raised concern to businessmen and residents of the province. In the last few weeks, kidnappers have abducted a doctor and a former member of national security, according to local sources. Sources say that about a week ago, the body of a former national security officer was found in the district of the province, but the fate of the is still unknown.
Some residents of Kunduz told Hasht-e Subh that unknown individuals had robbed several shops and killed several people recently. They state that they are worried about their lives and property. According to the residents, unknown individuals were robbing and kidnapping in broad daylight, but Taliban officials did nothing to prevent the incidents. They call on the authorities of the Taliban-led government to stop the kidnappings and targeted killings in the province and arrest the perpetrators.
Zia-ul-Haq Ziaee is one of the relatives of one of the victims who was recently killed by thieves using a “hammer” in his mill. Ziaee says that the thieves killed Adam Khan and his apprentice, who were in a flour mill, with a hammer at night. “Adam Khan had two young children, and his apprentice was engaged,” he added.
Bashir Ahmad, a shopkeeper in Kunduz city center, said that two weeks ago, armed robbers took all the property of two mobile shops in broad daylight. According to Bashir Ahmad, if these armed robberies continue, more shopkeepers will be forced to resign.
Armed robberies and kidnappings in Kunduz have prompted some businessmen and social figures to leave Kunduz for Kabul and neighboring Afghanistan. A civil activist in Kunduz province, who did not want to be named, said he had been threatened with death several times by unknown individuals and now had to leave the province with his family. According to this civil activist, if the situation continues like this, life will be difficult for all sections of the province and eventually, all the people will leave the province.
Meanwhile, Taliban intelligence and culture chief Matiullah emphasized their efforts to prevent kidnappings in the province. According to Rouhani, Taliban forces recently arrested two militants from the provincial capital.
With the Taliban taking control of the country, hopes were that crime would fall to a record low, yet, contrary to expectation, crime was on the rise in some provinces. Increasing poverty and unemployment in the country have been cited as the main reasons for the increase in criminal offenses.