Afghanistan’s crime rate is up 2 percent, crime report shows

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Afghanistan’s crime level rose 2.5 percent in the past year, while violent crime fell, Statistics Canada said Thursday.

The statistics bureau reported the figures Thursday, a day after a court in Kabul sentenced four men to prison terms for raping and murdering three women in a crowded Kabul hotel.

A total of 21 people were charged in the case, which was investigated by police.

“Violent crime and sexual assault rates are significantly higher in Afghanistan than in other countries in the region, and there is concern that these crimes may have an impact on overall crime levels in Afghanistan,” Statistics Canada Chief Statistician John Dufour said in a statement.

He said the rate of crime rose in 2017, which coincided with the presidential election.

Violent crimes, which include rape, attempted rape, robbery and murder, fell in 2017 from 2,955 to 1,842 and sexual offences, which includes sexual harassment, fell from 1,734 to 1.2.

More:Afghan President Ashraf Ghani visited the country earlier this month and vowed to eradicate the violence, which has seen at least 4,000 people killed since the Taliban seized power in 2001.

The new data shows that violence has increased in Kabul during the past two years, with 1,800 people killed in 2016 and 5,200 killed in 2017.

There have been a series of deadly attacks on the capital, including one that killed 17 people on Jan. 17, the second deadliest attack in the country in two decades.

In 2018, Taliban militants killed six people and injured more than 60 during an attack on the main government building.