The interior ministry said they arrested 200 people on Sunday in connection with the indiscriminate day-long shooting spree in Kabul.
MoI Pledges To Investigate Massoud Day Mayhem
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Monday a serious investigation is underway in connection with the arrest of 200 people detained during the Massoud Day mayhem in the city on Sunday.
The interior ministry said 90 percent of the weapons seized, during the indiscriminate shooting spree by Ahmad Shah Massoud supporters, were illegal.
The ministry of interior also said all those arrested on Sunday are still in custody.
However, footage obtained by TOLOnews tells a different story as it shows a number of suspects were released following mediation by some influential people.
“Two hundred people have been arrested and hundreds of guns and 50 vehicles were seized. Their cases have been sent to legal and judicial centers and 90 percent of their weapons are illegal,” MoI deputy spokesman Nusrat Rahimi said.
On Sunday, hundreds of supporters of Ahmad Shah Massoud took to the streets of Kabul in convoys of cars and continued to shoot at random throughout the day. This was as the country celebrated the 17th anniversary of Massoud’s assassination.
The mayhem in the city was sharply criticized by Kabul residents who said it was testimony to the fact that security departments are unable to maintain security.
In total, 23 Kabul residents were wounded in the day-long shooting spree.
One Kabul resident questioned the source of the weapons used by the Massoud supporters.
“Where are these people getting their weapons, cars and fuel? Who is supporting them financially and politically?” asked Abdul Mohib, a Kabul resident.
“When we go to government departments, they search us and even find a needle. But where are these people getting these illegal guns? How are explosive-laden vehicles getting into Kabul and how are suicide bombers reaching the capital?” questioned another Kabul resident, Zamanuddin.
On Sunday a suicide bomber also targeted a convoy of Massoud supporters who were driving through Taimani area in Kabul. The attack claimed the lives of seven people and wounded 25 others.
Mujib, Farid and Mahmoud were three teenagers who along with other victims lots their lives in the attack.
“Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah with their entire cabinet are traitors,” said Wahidullah, Mujib’s father.
“This is not the first time that teenagers are being killed. Where should we go and to whom should we complain?” asked Safiullah, one of Mujib’s uncles.