Taliban spokesman says dozens of criminals, kidnappers and smugglers arrested in operations throughout Kabul and different cities.
The Taliban are conducting an enormous safety sweep of Kabul and different Afghan cities, their spokesman mentioned on Sunday, going house-to-house looking for weapons and criminals blamed for a current spate of robberies and kidnappings.
The operation, which began on Friday, has alarmed many who worry being focused due to their affiliation with the earlier Western-backed regime or the US-led international forces who lastly withdrew on August 31.
Some irate residents posted movies on social media exhibiting properties they mentioned had been trashed throughout Taliban searches, however a number of individuals informed AFP their encounters had been well mannered and cursory.
“It was simply my nephew at house after they got here they usually made an enormous mess,” mentioned one resident, who requested to not be named, exhibiting AFP a sequence of images that exposed appreciable disruption.
The Taliban referred to as the sweep a “clearing operation”.
“We are attempting to take steps in opposition to these kidnappers, thieves and looters who’ve weapons of their fingers and threaten the lives of the individuals,” spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid informed a information convention.
He mentioned authorities had found two kidnap victims throughout the operation, and likewise freed two teenage women who they discovered chained in a basement.
Mujahid mentioned gentle and heavy weapons, explosives, radio gear and drones had been seized, in addition to autos belonging to the army or authorities.
Patrols stepped up
Six individuals suspected of being members of the ISIL (ISIS) group had been arrested, he mentioned, together with 9 kidnappers and 53 “skilled thieves”.
“We wish to guarantee the residents of Kabul that these operations usually are not in opposition to the frequent individuals,” Mujahid mentioned.
“The residents of the town ought to be assured the search is happening rigorously.”
The Taliban have additionally stepped up avenue patrols within the capital and established non permanent roadblocks at key intersections, the place they search autos at random or test the identities of these inside.
Dozens of newly educated policewomen have been concerned within the sweep in case there have been no males at homes being searched, Mujahid mentioned.
Social media confirmed photographs and video clips of doorways and wardrobes that had been bashed in, cushions and mattresses slashed open, and belongings strewn throughout flooring.
“The intimidations, home searches, arrests and violence in opposition to members of various ethnic teams and ladies are crimes and should cease instantly,” tweeted Andreas von Brandt, the European Union’s ambassador to Afghanistan.
“Regardless of Putin’s conflict we’re watching you,” he added, referring to the Russian invasion of Ukraine that has dominated information cycles for the previous few days.
“Give attention to securing Europe from Putin,” replied Muhammad Jalal, a Taliban official with a prolific social media presence.
“Afghans know what they’re doing.”