Policemen among 9 arrested on extortion charges in Kabul city

A group of nine people including four policemen have been arrested on charges of extortion and illegally collecting money from street vendors the in Kabul city, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said Tuesday.

According to a statement released by MoI, the police forces have arrested an individual who was collecting a sum of 4,000 Afghanis daily from street vendors in Pul Kheshti area of the city and was handing over the money to a police officer.

The statement further added that another individual was arrested from Sepahi Gomnam area in the 1st police district of the city who was collecting 9,000 Afghanis daily and was transferring the money to the police officer in charge of the security of the area.

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IEC resumes recounting of Kabul votes

Foll Amid tensions with electoral complaints body, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Wednesday resumed recounting of the votes of parliamentary elections for Kabul.

The IEC  Deputy Spokesman Zabiullah Sadat said that the commission resumed the recounting process with a new method which includes changes in the number of observers and audit teams.

The electoral complaints commission (IECC), meanwhile, said that the IEC should provide them with evidence and documents regarding Kabul votes and that use a new mechanism in this regard, adding that thereafter, the commission will reconsider its decision of invalidating the votes of parliamentary elections for Kabul.

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6 killed, 6 wounded in Kabul explosion

An explosion took place in the vicinity of Paghman district of Kabul earlier today, leaving at least 12 dead or wounded.

The security officials confirm that an explosion has taken place in the vicinity of Bala Chinar area of Paghman district.

The Ministry of Interior spokesman Najib Danish says at least four security personnel have lost their lives in the explosion.

Deputy interior ministry spokesman Nusrat Rahimi, had earlier said a convoy of the security forces have been targeted in the blast.

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IECC invalidates all votes in Kabul

The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Thursday announced that the results of voting at all polling centers in Kabul parliamentary elections have been invalidated.

The announcement was made by the IECC Spokesman Ali Reza Rouhani.

According to the complaints commission, evidence of widespread fraud is the main reason behind the decision.

Rouhani said that Kabul parliamentary elections should be conducted once again.

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10 killed, 29 wounded in Kabul suicide attack

A heavy explosion rocked Kabul city this evening as reports indicate that the blast has taken place in Kabul Customs House road.

At least ten people were killed and at least 29 others were wounded in a suicide attack in capital Kabul late on Wednesday night.

The Ministry of Interior spokesman Najib Danish confirmed that a private military firm was attacked in East of Kabul city, leaving at least 10 dead and 29 more wounded.

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Explosion foiled in Kabul city

The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces have foiled militant’s bid to carry out an explosion in Kabul city, the Kabul Security Commandment said.

According to a statement released by the Security Commandment of Kabul, the Afghan forces discovered and defused an improvised explosive device planted in the 9th police district of the city.

The statement further added that the improvised explosive device was planted close to a police check post in Abdul Haq square.

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President Ghani inaugurates first modern slaughterhouse in Kabul

The first modern slaughterhouse was inaugurated in capital Kabul during a ceremony which was attended by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and some other high level government officials, including the Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock Nasir Ahmad Durani.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock in a statement said the proposal for the construction of modern slaughterhouses in Kabul, Kunduz, Herat, and Balkh provinces, was presented to the government nine years ago but the construction work of the projects had stalled due to lack of proper management under the previous administration.

The statement further added that the construction of more slaughterhouses in Herat, Kabul, Balkh and Shakar Dara would be completed this year while the construction of a similar slaughterhouse would be completed next year in Kunduz province.

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Construction work of iron melting factory kicks off in Kabul, worth $20 million

Government officials and businessmen laid the foundation stone for the construction of an Iron melting factory in Kabul on Tuesday which worth $20 million.

Khan Mohammad Wardak, the owner of the manufacturing factory said that the factory will begin operation next year.  “We have great capacity and can make major economic activities in the future,” he said.

The Iron melting factory is expected to create job opportunities to at least 2,000 people.

The first Deputy to CEO Khan Mohammad, meanwhile, said that a lot of challenges in front of investors in the country. But he said the government has taken major economic plans in this regard.

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Acting Mayor appointed for capital Kabul

The government has appointed the deputy administrative and finance chief of Kabul Municipality as the acting Mayor of the capital.

Sources privy of the development within Kabul Municipality confirm that Shoaib Rahim, the deputy administrative and finance chief of Kabul Municipality, has been appointed as acting Mayor based on a Presidential decree.

The Office of the President, ARG Palace, has not commented regarding the appointment of Mr. Rahim as acting Mayor of Kabul so far.

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Gen. Roshandil appointed as new security chief of Kabul

The former commander of the Special Forces Unit of the Afghan National Police Gen. Syed Mohammad Roshandil has been appointed as the new security chief of Kabul.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a statement confirmed the appointment of Gen. Roshandil as the new security chief of the capital.

The statement further added that Gen. Roshandil has been appointed based on the recommendations of the Ministry of Interior and the approval of the Presidential Palace.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) also added that Gen. Roshandil was introduced to the Kabul Security Commandment today by the Minister of Interior Wais Ahmad Barmak.

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