News ID: 278490
Published: 0234 GMT December 22, 2020

Five killed in Kabul car bomb blast

Five killed in Kabul car bomb blast
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Afghan security personnel and municipality workers remove a damaged vehicle after a roadside bomb tore through it in Kabul, Afghanistan, on December 22, 2020.

At least five people, including four doctors, were killed after a magnetic bomb attached to their car exploded in the Afghanistan capital, Kabul.

The doctors were heading to the Pul-e-Charkhi Prison, located on the eastern outskirts of Kabul, which hosts hundreds of Taliban fighters, according to Kabul police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz, aljazeera.com reported.

It was not immediately clear if the doctors were targeted in Tuesday’s attack.

The fifth person killed in the explosion is yet to be identified.

Two others were injured in the explosion, said Faramarz.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack which damaged nearby buildings and shops.

 

Attacks continue

 

The Daesh terrorist group is said to be behind multiple attacks in Kabul in recent months.

Daesh also claimed responsibility for Saturday’s rocket attacks at a US military base in Afghanistan.

There were no casualties in that assault, according to NATO and provincial officials.

On Monday, gunmen murdered Afghan journalist Rahmatullah Nekzad — the third reporter to be killed in two months — in the eastern city of Ghazni.

The previous day, a car bomb explosion in Kabul killed at least nine people and wounded more than 15.

Victims included politician Khan Mohammad Wardak, according to the Afghan Interior Ministry.

Afghanistan has recently witnessed a wave of deadly attacks, despite the ongoing peace talks between the Taliban militant group and the government, according to Press TV.

This comes as the Taliban and the Afghan government, the two sides involved in the Afghan peace process, are taking a break until January 5, after reaching a preliminary agreement this month.

The preliminary deal is the first written agreement between the two warring sides since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

The intra-Afghan negotiations had been set to take place in March, but were repeatedly delayed over a prisoner exchange made as part of a deal between the Taliban and the US.

Under that deal, signed in February, the Taliban agreed to halt their attacks on international forces in return for the US military’s phased withdrawal from Afghanistan and the prisoner exchange with Kabul.

Afghanistan has been gripped by insecurity since the US and its allies invaded the country as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror in 2001. Many parts of the country remain plagued by militancy despite the presence of foreign troops.

 

 

 

   
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Resource: aljazeera.com
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