After hundreds of children were injured while playing with toy guns during Eid days, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Tuesday banned the use and sale of all such toys and ordered their confiscation.
Sediq Seddiqi, MoI spokesman, told journalists in Kabul his ministry had directed police forces to prevent the sale of these toys and start collecting them from the bazaars.
The decision comes after health officials told Pajhwok Afghan News 183 children were wounded while using toy guns in Kabul, Herat and Balkh and other provinces during three days of Eid.
“After this, there is ban on the sale and use of plastic guns and today the interior minister directed police in all provinces to collect these toys and prevent their sale,” Seddiqi said.
He added the Interior Ministry was eager to work with the Ministry of Commerce and trader bodies to prevent imports of such goods.
He said the toy guns would be collected and their imports banned until Eid al-Adha.
Also present at the press conference was Dawlat Waziri, deputy spokesman for the Ministry of Defence. He said 64 insurgents had been killed, 26 wounded and 24 more detained over the past five days.
The dead militants included 23 Daesh fighters who were killed in the Achin district of eastern Nangarhar province, he added.