Five Individuals At Kabul Customs Office Arrested on Bribery Charges

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Monday announced that the anti-corruption justice center has arrested five individuals on charges of bribery at Kabul Customs Office.

MoI spokesman Tariq Arian wrote on his official Facebook page that these people were arrested today.

However, he did not provide further details on the identities or positions of the detainees.

In the meantime, Arian said that one of the causes of the fire disaster at the Islam Qala border customs office in Herat was corruption, and after the necessary investigations, the perpetrators will be identified and punished.

The huge blaze, which broke out Saturday afternoon at Islam Qala port 120 kilometres (75 miles) from the western city of Herat, has largely been extinguished.

Previously, local officials said that human error was the cause of the fire.

The finance ministry said initial reports were that the fire started in a tanker before quickly spreading, causing “heavy financial losses”, including of fuel, tankers and customs facilities.

A delegation has been despatched from the capital Kabul to investigate the blaze, the ministry added.

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