Afghanistan: Deputy Governor of Kabul killed in explosive device explosion | Asia News

Magnetic IED attached to the official’s car in the capital, according to local media, citing police.

The deputy governor of Kabul and his assistant were killed in an explosion in Afghanistan, police said, adding that a sticky bomb was attached to his car by strangers.

Deputy Governor Mahboobullah Mohebi was traveling to work Tuesday with his security guards when a bomb attached to his vehicle exploded, the interior ministry said.

The Afghan newscast TOLO, quoting the Kabul police, reported on Twitter that “Mohibullah Mohammadi, the deputy governor of Kabul, and his secretary were killed in an explosion by an explosive device placed on their vehicle”.

No group claimed responsibility for the blast in which two Mohebi guards were also injured.

Violence has raged across the country since the Taliban and the Afghan government initiated peace talks in Qatar in September.

Afghanistan, and Kabul in particular, has witnessed a series of killings of prominent figures, including journalists, clerics, politicians and rights activists.

Last week, a female news anchor was shot dead in the eastern city of Jalalabad, the second journalist killed in less than a month.

The capital was hit by rockets twice this month and recently fought major attacks on educational centers, including a massacre of students on a university campus.

In a separate attack in Kabul on Tuesday, a policeman was killed and two others injured when gunmen attacked their checkpoint, officials said.

Peace talks have been suspended until January, with government negotiators expected to return to Kabul from Qatar this week to meet with senior officials.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and some other senior officials have called for the talks to be moved to Afghanistan from Doha.