Magnetic bomb leaves three civilians wounded in Kabul

A magnetic bomb, which has hit a vehicle in PD8 area of Kabul, left three civilians wounded, a security official said today, Sunday, January 24.

Ferdaws Faramarz, spokesperson for Kabul police, told Kabul Now that the accident took place around 8:12 AM on Sunday morning in Third Street of Shah Shahid area.

A source, on condition of anonymity, told Kabul Now that the blast targeted vehicle of a senior employee of Afghanistan Central Bank.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack as yet.

The attack comes while in November last year, a magnetic IED blast targeted a government-owned vehicle which was carrying three employees of Central Bank, including Yama Siavash, who was a former TOLOnews presenter.

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 Monday last week, a magnetic bomb hit vehicle of a government worker in PD11 of Kabul. 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 was working with the Ministry of Telecommunications and IT, police said.

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.

Even with a peace talks between the government and the Taliban hobble in Doha, targeted killing of journalists and rights activists has intensified across Afghanistan.

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.

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