4 People Arrested Over Killings of Vaccination Workers

The intelligence department of Kunduz says that they have arrested four people in connection with the deaths of seven health workers who were administering polio vaccinations and two Islamic Emirate force members.

According to security officials in the province, these people have been arrested after separate operations from different parts of the province.

“In connection with this incident, we have arrested a group of four people who martyred two members of the Islamic Emirate forces and seven vaccinators, including four women and two men. The perpetrators have pleaded guilty,” said Mawlawi Najibullah Haroon, chief of the Kunduz intelligence department.

The detainees have confessed to killing seven vaccinators and two members of the Islamic Emirate.

“I was sent to Kunduz to go there and kill the Mujahideen and the vaccinators,” said Abdul Qadir, one of the detainees.

“There were four of us in the case of the murder of a passenger in the Angorbagh area, we confess to our crime,” said Samiullah, another detainee.

The seven health workers administering vaccinations were killed more than two weeks ago in the Imam Sahib district of Kunduz province.

The families of the victims are asking the Islamic Emirate to punish the perpetrators.

“We ask the Islamic Emirate to punish them for their actions and execute them,” said Ali Mohammad, the father of two vaccinators.

“These people were working as volunteers when the vaccination process started, and later we received a call that they had been martyred by unknown people,” said Saber, father of one health worker.

“We want these people to be executed and punished so that no one will do that again in this area,” said the father of a victim.

Earlier, the families of the victims had asked the security officials of the province to arrest the killers and punish them.