Prosecutors fleeing offices, girls at home after a bomb scare at their school, Indian bankers leaving Kabul until things calm down - a spike in high profile Taliban attacks has left officials and expatriates in the Afghan capital on edge.
The threat of militant violence is not new in the city of 3.5 million, which has never fully stabilized since the hardline Islamist Taliban regime was ousted in a U.S.-led war in 2001.
But a series of deadly raids on government employees and foreigners in the last month, after the exit of most NATO troops from Afghanistan at the end of 2014, has people worried about what the fighting season this year will bring and how effective the country’s security forces will be.
“The government is losing control in every aspect,” said Mohammad Arif Shaheem, a prosecutor who works in the city.
His colleague, Mehria Faiz, recalls a terrifying moment in May. Soon after a car bomb exploded in the parking lot of the Ministry of Justice, word spread at the attorney general’s office that three Taliban in burqas had entered the building.
“We fled and evacuated the building in minutes,” said Faiz.
She only comes to work twice a week now, and would leave her job if there were more attacks.
“I cannot work under such circumstances,” Faiz added.
Underlining residents’ jumpiness, a rumor at a girls’ school in central Kabul last week that insurgents had planted a bomb in a paint tin led to an evacuation, and some parents keeping their children home the following day.
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