Taliban conducting house-to-house sweep across Afghan capital | Taliban News

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 in the hunt 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 advised AFP their encounters had been well mannered and cursory.

“It was simply my nephew at house once they got here and so they made an enormous mess,” mentioned one resident, who requested to not be named, exhibiting AFP a collection of images that exposed appreciable disruption.

The Taliban known as the sweep a “clearing operation”.

“We try to take steps towards these kidnappers, thieves and looters who’ve weapons of their arms and threaten the lives of the individuals,” spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid advised 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 should not towards the frequent individuals,” Mujahid mentioned.

“The residents of town needs to be assured the search is occurring rigorously.”

The Taliban have additionally stepped up avenue patrols within the capital and established momentary roadblocks at key intersections, the place they search autos at random or verify 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 towards members of various ethnic teams and girls are crimes and should cease instantly,” tweeted Andreas von Brandt, the European Union’s ambassador to Afghanistan.

“Regardless of Putin’s battle 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.”

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