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Grief and anger as violent crime soars in Afghan capital Kabul

Kabul, Afghanistan. In what used to be his room hangs the portrait of a young man, stabbed to death by thieves for his laptop computer. Crime and violence are reaching new heights in the Afghan capital.
Kabul, Afghanistan. In what used to be his room hangs the portrait of a young man, stabbed to death by thieves for his laptop computer. Crime and violence are reaching new heights in the Afghan capital. © FRANCE 24

Ravaged by 40 years of war, the Afghan capital Kabul is one of the most dangerous cities in the world. Every day, people there are victims of murders, kidnappings and muggings. Recently, the murder of a student – killed for refusing to give up his laptop – became a symbol of residents' exasperation. As a result, the police have reinforced their presence in the capital, but the notoriously corrupt and under-staffed institution is struggling to ensure the safety of Kabul's citizens. Our correspondents report.

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