Gang of robbers, killers arrested in Kabul
19 November, 2012
KABUL: Eight outlaws, including armed dacoits and killers, have been detained in the heavily-fortified central capital Kabul, a senior police officer said on Sunday.
Brig. Gen. Mohammad Zahir, criminal investigation chief, told reporters that three Kalashnikov assault rifles were seized from a four-member gang of thieves held in Kabul.
According to him, the detainees have acknowledged their involvement in 12 robbery incidents in the capital, depriving people of cash, gold and other precious items.
Shown to journalists, some of the men confessed to committing robberies but other denied involvement in any unlawful activity.
The police also arrested a Kabul-based jeweller, who allegedly purchased stolen gold from the gang of thieves.
He confirmed buying gold ornaments from the robbers, but said he did not know the items had been stolen.
Kidnappings and organised crime in Kabul had decreased by 98 percent, the official claimed, without giving figures. Police were trying to arrest the criminals who robbed people at gunpoint in Micro Rayan neighbourhood. Two suspects had been held on the charge of killing three people in the Qarabagh district, he said, explaining they accused clashed with police before being arrested.
Although the men denied killing the three people, a crime investigation official showed journalists documents containing the detainees' confession.