Kabul blast

Magnetic bomb hits government official’s car in Kabul

A magnetic bomb has hit vehicle of a government worker in PD11 of Kabul on Monday morning, January 18. No one has been reported dead.

Ferdaws Faramarz, spokesperson for Kabul police, said that the incident took place in Khairkhana neighborhood of Kabul. He said no one was harmed in the incident. The government official whose car hit the bomb is working with the Ministry of Telecommunications and IT, police said.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack immediately.

This come while, unknown gunmen shot dead two female judges in PD10 of Kabul yesterday.

A surge in targeted killing of government officials, NGO workers, journalists and civil society activists has intensified despite the fact that the Afghan government peace delegation and the Taliban have been engaged in peace talks in Doha.

On January 12, the Taliban, as claimed by local security officials, targeted an employee of Kabul Bank in the southern Ghazni city.

Independent observers and Afghan security authorities claim the Taliban have made a shift in their war tactics, targeting journalists, rights activists, moderate religious leaders, and women rights activists in urban centers.

On December 21, 2020, unknown gunmen shot dead Rahmatullah Nekzad, a prominent local journalist, in Ghazni.  Nekzad, who was the Ghazni Journalists’ Union head, had contributed to The Associated Press since 2007 and had previously worked for the Al Jazeera satellite TV channel, according to AP.

Though the Taliban denied involvement in assassination of Mr. Nekzad, Afghan spy agency, the National Directorate of Security, claimed Afghan security forces had arrested two Taliban fighters, who were released from government detention, in connection with targeted killing of Nekzad.

Over last couple of months of at least 14 people, including journalists, women rights activists, government employees and NGO workers, have been shot dead in targeted killings which went unclaimed.

For the first time in 19 years, the Afghan peace negotiators sat face to face with a Taliban delegation in Doha, Qatar, on September 12, 2020. It took months until the two sides agreed on principle and terms of reference (TOR) for a substantive talks—the second round of talks which started on Saturday, January 09, in the Qatari capital.