Nine hundred blast walls have been pulled down so far, with Kabul residents saying they do not improve security.
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The blast walls that cut through Kabul like ramparts are being pulled down, part of a counterintuitive makeover by local officials who argue the move will give the city's war-weary residents a psychological boost.The bid to remove the walls is illogical to some, coming as it does after attacks in Kabul have surged in recent years, making it one of the deadliest places in the country for civilians. In just one of the 22 districts that make up the city of Kabul, there are more than 3,000 blast walls, according to Alokazay, while the compound that houses the NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan boasts more than 8,000 .Nine hundred walls have so far been removed, and officials say the process has gone smoothly.While the government is tearing down the walls, the deteriorating security situation has prompted NATO to strengthen its own defences, doubling the row of barriers that surround its Kabul headquarters.
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