Afghan social media users have protested over the kidnapping and killing of a six-year-old girl in the capital Kabul, calling for severe punishment for the infant’s captors, Reuters have reported on Wednesday March 13th.
The abductors of the Afghan girl, Mahsa, asked for $300,000 as a ransom, according to the ministry of interior. Later, Kabul police arrested two suspects in their 20s, apparently confessing to the crime. They said in a video that they had picked up the child on a motorcycle, took her to a rented room and, when the ransom failed to arrive, they killed her.
Afghans voiced outrage over the girl's killing in hundreds of social media posts, as kidnapping has become more frequent in conflict-ridden Afghanistan in recent years.
London-based Amnesty International human rights pressure group has condemned the incident, as well as a spokesman for President Ashraf Ghani, who said the killing had deeply saddened him.
"Such cases are intolerable and have no place in our culture," Jamshed Rasooli, spokesman for the attorney general, said in a statement, adding police had been asked to expedite their investigation so the case could be prosecuted.
During March, the US embassy has posted a security alert warning, that US citizens were priority kidnapping targets of both militant groups and criminal gangs. Afghans of all income levels, as well as foreigners, are potential targets for the crime.