Police dismiss 'daily fights by knives' report

DUBAI — Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, has denied a news report which said that 346 cases of youth fighting with knives were reported in Dubai.

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Published: Fri 9 Dec 2005, 11:22 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:20 PM

He added that the report defamed the image of national youth and subsequently that of the country. The report, titled 'Daily Fights by Knives', appeared on Thursday in Emirates Today newspaper.

The Dubai police chief called upon the media to check the accuracy and authenticity of whatever they publish. The Emirate Today report was factually wrong and it was not based on official statistics on crime in the city, he stressed.

The strongly-worded statement, issued by Lieutenant General Tamim to all media organisations yesterday, said that nationals and residents should not take such false reports seriously.

He said only two fights among national youth have been reported so far this year by the General Department of Criminal Investigations. They were reported from Al Qusais Police Station and Al Muraqqabat Police station, he clarified.

The police chief said national young men were responsible citizens who displayed remarkable self-discipline and social awareness. "Dubai is not a terror city as this newspaper has visualised in its false report," he added.

Lt.-Gen. Tamim recalled another article published earlier in the nascent newspaper about absconding girls giving false inauthentic figures. These false reports create the wrong impression that the UAE society is in a state of absolute uncontrol and chaos," he said.

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