Dasht-e-Barchi residents “were ignored” after requesting tighter security measures in the area of Sunday’s attack.
Four ID Centers Closed In Kabul After Attack
Afghanistan’s Central Civil Registration Authority (ACCRA) on Monday said they have closed four population registration offices in Kabul following Sunday’s suicide bombing at their office in Dasht-e-Barchi.
According to ACCRA officials, they will reopen the centers on Tuesday.
The people living close to the scene of the bombing meanwhile blasted security forces for not taking security matters seriously.
The residents said they had asked security forces to be alert and to tighten security measures just a day before the attack.
“We had a meeting here and said the alley should be blocked to maintain the crowd's security better, but no one paid attention to our suggestion,” Sayed Bashir, a resident of the area said.
“I was getting Tazkira (ID) for my sons and daughter and myself when the incident happened,” Juma Khan, an eyewitness said.
“Yesterday I was coming to the center and just arrived in the alley when I heard a loud noise. Bodies were everywhere,” Barat, another eyewitness said.
The interior ministry meanwhile said security officials held a meeting on Monday and discussed security around population registration offices and voter registration centers.
“Our aim is to review the security mechanism and make a new plan for maintaining security of population registration offices and voter registration centers,” the interior ministry’s spokesman Najib Danish said.
A number of members of parliament meanwhile said on Sunday if security is not maintained, the elections process will fail.
“Our security and intelligence should take security issues seriously and make a good decision,” parliament’s internal security commission head Mohammad Iqbal Safi said.
“If the situation continues like this, I believe that the election and the preparations that have been taken, will fail,” senator Jumadin Gyanwal said.
Sunday’s suicide attack in Kabul was carried out against local residents applying for ID documents in order to register to vote in the upcoming elections.