5 men arrested over bank looting charges in Nangarhar
By Sadaf Shinwari - Wed Nov 21 2012, 4:16 pm
According to local security officials in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, at least 5 suspected individuals were arrested by Afghan police forces who were looking to attack a branch of the Afghanistan Central Bank in this province.
The individuals were looking to loot the money from the bank before they were arrested by Afghan security forces.
Provincial security chief spokesman Hazrat Hussain Mashriqi confirming the report said Afghan security forces discovered a house from the 3rd district of eastren Nangarhar city where the suspected looters had carried out a tunnel digging towards the Central Bank branch office.
He said the suspected individuals were arrested from the same house and are currently being investigated by Afghan police forces.
This comes as Afghan local police officers in eastern Nuristan province of Afghanistan robbed more than 10 million Afghanis from the Afghanistan Central Bank branch in Parun district.
The incident took place last Thursday night after three Afghan local police officers who were in charge of the security robbed the bank and took the money with them.
The crime rate has significantly increased in the capital city Kabul and other provinces of Afghanistan recently despite Afghanistan has made significant progress since the Taliban were deposed in 2001, but still faces daunting challenges, including fighting an insurgency, preventing the return or resurgence of al-Qaida, recovering from over three decades of civil strife, and rebuilding a shattered physical, economic, and political infrastructure.
Observers believe that a large portion of the Afghan population is unemployed, and many among the unemployed have moved to urban areas. These factors may directly contribute to crime and lawlessness.