Afghanistan: Kabul deputy governor killed in FDI blast | Asia News

Magnetic IED attached to the car of the official from the capital, according to the local press, quoting the police.

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

Deputy Governor Mahboobullah Mohebi was working with his security agents on Tuesday when a bomb attached to his vehicle exploded, the interior ministry said.

Afghanistan’s TOLO news, citing Kabul police, reported on Twitter that “Mohibullah Mohammadi, Kabul’s deputy governor and his secretary, were killed in an explosion in an IED placed on their vehicle.”

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

Violence has erupted across the country since the Taliban and Afghan governments launched peace talks in Qatar in September.

Afghanistan – and especially Kabul – has seen a number of crimes by prominent figures, including journalists, clerics, politicians and rights activists.

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

The capital has been hit by rockets twice this month and has recently fought major attacks on schools, including a massacre of students on a university campus.

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

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

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and other senior officials have called for the transfer of talks to Afghanistan from Doha.