Conflicts & War

Explosions kill 2 in Afghan capital

Kabul, Feb 2 (efe-epa).- A prominent religious figure was among two civilians killed in a series of explosions that rocked Kabul on Tuesday in the latest incidents of targeted killings that have undermined the peace efforts to end the decades-long war in Afghanistan.

Kabul Police spokesperson Firdaws Faramarz told EFE that three bombs exploded during the morning rush hours in the Afghan capital that also left five civilians wounded.

The explosions were caused by using small magnetic devices called sticky bombs.

The explosion targeted a security forces vehicle in central Kabul at 7.35 am, in which two members of the security forces were injured.

The second explosion blew up a private car at 8.30 am that claimed two civilians, including Muhammad Atif, a religious leader.

Atif was head of the central council of the Jamiat-e-Eslah, a socio-religious group. The blast injured two more civilians.

President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack on the religious leader and blamed the Taliban for the violence.

“The attack on religious leaders and other Afghans is an attack on the bright future and dignity of Afghanistan and its perpetrators are responsible, guilty and shamefaced in front of God and the nation,” Ghani said.

“The Taliban must realize that they cannot achieve their goals through violence, terror and horror and neither can they deny the responsibility for such attacks.”

Nearly two hours after the attack on the religious leader, a third bomb hit a private car at 10:27 am in which a civilian was wounded.

The explosions appear the latest in a series of targeted attacks by militants daily in Kabul and other major cities of the country.

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

No militant group, including the Taliban, claimed responsibility for such 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 on Monday by the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).

The casualties remained exceptionally high for the winter months when fighting usually subsides, SIGAR said. EFE

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