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Targeted killings surge in Kandahar as heat returns

Targeted killings surge in Kandahar as heat returns

May 08, 2017 - 21:57

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): With change in weather, targeted killings have increased in southern Kandahar province, officials said on Monday.

Since yesterday, four people have been assassinated in Kandahar city, the provincial capital.

The latest targeted killing incident took place today when a police headquarters’ employee was killed in broad day-light.

The official was in a car with his family when came under attack in at a fuel station in the limits of 4th police district of Kandahar city.

Kandahar governor’s spokesman, Samim Khpalwak, told Pajhwok Afghan News family of the slain official was safe in the incident. Khpalwak said the attack involved motor-bikers who made their escape good.

On Sunday afternoon, armed motorcyclists shot dead a police officer and a soldier in the jurisdiction of 10th police district.

Hours early on Sunday an advisor at the media cell of the provincial administration, Abdul Ghafoor Piroz, was assassinated by insurgents in Loya Wiyala area of Kandahar city.

Residents of Kandahar city said the assassination of four persons within two days was worrying. They said none of the attackers could be arrested.

A resident of Kandahar city, Taj Mohammad, said security forces should prevent such attacks and harden security measures. He said no one felt safe while travelling and such incidents badly affected people’s lives.

Abdul Jabbar, another resident, also held similar concerns. He said his family remained concern about his when he got out of home.

Kandahar officials confirmed the surge in insurgent activities with the increase in temperature.

Kandahar police spokesman, Zia Durani, said special plans had been devised to curb crimes and boost security/

In past targeted killings, security personnel, civilians, government officials, tribal elders and religious scholars were the victims.


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