Published: February 16, 2020 4:26:01 pm
Gunmen shot dead 9 homeless drug users in the Afghan capital, officers stated on Sunday, shining a lightweight on persistent drug abuse in the world’s greatest producer of opium however a uncommon incident of apparently coordinated violence towards addicts. The motive for the Saturday night time assault by the unidentified gunmen in Kabul was not recognized and police stated they have been investigating. The males had been sleeping in an open space and a forensic examination had proven they have been drug users.
“The shooting took place at the side of the Qrough mountain,” a spokesman for Kabul police, Ferdaus Faramarz, instructed Reuters.
There are an estimated 2.5 million drug users in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Public Health says, with most thought to hooked on heroin constituted of opium poppies grown in Afghanistan.
Some 20,000 drug users are homeless, with half that quantity in Kabul, at occasions straining relations with residents of some communities.
“It’s a social crisis,” stated Dr Shokoor Haidari, deputy of the ministry’s counter medication division.
The ministry can solely deal with 40,000 individuals a 12 months however much more search assist, stated Haidari.
Lack of social companies, unemployment and quick access to medication have fueled drug abuse in Afghanistan, Haidari stated.
Harsh winter climate killed at the least 50 homeless drug users in the previous two months, the Ministry of Public Health stated.
Afghanistan has been the world’s greatest producer of opium for years regardless of some $8.9 billion spent since 2002 by the US authorities to cease manufacturing and trafficking in narcotics.
With compelling financial incentives and politically protected networks – from cultivators to producers and distributors – deeply entrenched, officers say there’s little they’ll do to cease it. The Interior Ministry this month introduced the arrest of 5 high police officers, together with the top of Kabul’s counter-narcotics pressure, for suspected involvement in drug trafficking.
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