Kabul police chief on Sunday said they have not yet found the Australian woman kidnapped on Saturday night but assured the public he will arrest the kidnappers in the near future.
“I will bring the abductors here in the near future. We made lots of progress in one night,” said Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi.
The Australian woman was reportedly kidnapped at gunpoint in Qala-e-Fatullah in Kabul’s PD10 on Saturday night.
According to figures by Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), over 80 businessmen have been kidnapped this year alone.
“Unfortunately, despite measures by security agencies, businessmen are killed or kidnapped and they pay money to be released,” said ACCI spokesman Siyam Pesarlai.
Meanwhile, a number of Kabul residents criticized what they called an increase in crime in the city.
“Abductions are mostly done by powerful men. They come in armored vehicles and kidnap people. No one can stop them,” said Naqibullah, a resident of Kabul.
Another resident of the city, Jan Agha, also complained about the crime and said: “Thugs were roaming in this street at midnight and they opened fire on houses.”