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2 killed, 5 wounded as wave of targeted attacks intensifies in Kabul

Kabul, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- At least two people including a senior police official were killed and five others were injured Wednesday in a series of bomb explosions as the wave of the targeted killings in the Afghan capital intensified over the past week.

Kabul city was rocked by at least three consecutive sticky bomb attacks within an hour on Wednesday morning targeting government vehicles, according to the interior ministry and the police.

The first blast occurred at 8.12 am against a police vehicle in Police District 5 in the western part of Kabul. There were no casualties.

The second explosion took place at 8.38 am as a sticky bomb targeted a government vehicle in Police District 2 in the central part of the city, causing injuries to four civil servants.

The third blast using a sticky bomb occurred at 8.55 am in Police District 4, targeting a police vehicle, and resulting in the death of a senior police official and his bodyguard.

“In the terrorist attack, Mohammadzai Kochai, the Police Chief of PD-5 of the Kabul city, along with his bodyguard, was martyred and another policeman was injured,” Interior Ministry spokesperson Tariq Arian told EFE.

Wednesday’s attacks were the latest in a string of sticky bomb attacks that have been carried out in Kabul almost on a regular basis over the last five days.

Five civilians were killed Tuesday in an armed attack by terrorists and a sticky bomb explosion in the city.

According to official data, Kabul has suffered at least 11 cases of sticky bomb blasts targeting vehicles of the police and civilians and attacks by gunmen in the past five days.

In these attacks, at least nine people including six civilians were killed and 16 others, including three policemen, were injured.

As a part of the efforts by the Interior Ministry to prevent such attacks, Kabul police “in recent weeks have arrested tens of sticky bombs planting terrorist cells of the Taliban,” Arian said.

Kabul and other major cities in Afghanistan have been witnessing an increase in violence and targeted killings over the past one year, especially since the signing of a peace agreement between the United States and the Taliban in February last year.

In the agreement, which provided for the phased withdrawal of American troops from the country, the insurgents had agreed to significantly reduce violence in the country, particularly in urban areas. However, attacks have increased.

Security personnel, civil society members, intellectuals, journalists, and religious leaders are commonly targeted in such attacks.

No militant group, including the Taliban, are seen to claim responsibility for these attacks.

But the Afghan government blamed the Taliban for the wave of violence targeting civilians. The group has denied the responsibility.

At least 810 civilians were killed and 1,776 were injured in the last three months of 2020, according to a report released by the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction last week. EFE-EPA

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