Afghanistan First Vice President Amrullah Saleh announced on Monday that the number of police in Kabul city would be doubled in a bid to reduce violence, target attacks, and security incidents.

He said that the decision to increase police presence was taken at a meeting held at the presidential palace at 6:30 am. The decision was taken as target killing and attempted assassinations in the capital increased that sparked outrage among the public, he added.

Saleh said in a recent survey it transpired that Kabul has the lowest number of police in proportion to the population.

It was also decided in the meeting that security outposts in the mountain regions would be handed over to the military, Saleh continued.

The decision was taken as a time when residents raised their concerns over the increase in violence. At present, the capital has been witnessing targeted attacks and IED blasts almost every day.

Recently, Freshta Kohistani (Activist), Elyas Dayee (Reporter), Yama Siawash (Reporter, Advisor), Rahmatullah Nikzad (Freelance reporter), Malalai Maiwand (Journalist), public figures, and some government officials were killed in shooting and IED attacks.

Meanwhile, an improvised explosive device (IED) blasted in Kolola Poshta area in Kabul’s PD4 on Monday morning, police said. There was no report of casualties or deaths, police said, adding that “the magnetic IED blast targeted a security forces vehicle.”

On Saturday, four explosions rocked Kabul killing four people, including two security forces members, and injuring six others.


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