According to local media, a magnetic device is attached to the official’s car in the capital, citing the police.
Kabul’s deputy governor and assistant were killed in an explosion in Afghanistan, police say, adding that unknown attackers attached a sticky bomb to his car.
Deputy Governor Mahboobullah Mohebi was traveling to work with his security guards on Tuesday when a bomb attached to his vehicle exploded, the Interior Ministry said.
Afghanistan’s TOLO news, quoting Kabul police, reported on Twitter that “Mohibullah Mohammadi, the deputy governor of Kabul, and his secretary were killed in an explosion by an IED in their vehicle.”
No group took responsibility for the explosion, in which two of Mohebi’s guards were also injured.
Update: Mohibullah Mohammadi, dep. Government. von Kabul and his secretary were killed in an explosion today from an IED placed in their vehicle at Macroryan 4 in Kabul’s PD9. #Cabul Police confirmed. “Two of his bodyguards were wounded in the explosion,” police said. pic.twitter.com/P3KdFY8cT9
– TOLOnews (@TOLOnews) December 15, 2020
Violence has raged across the country since the Taliban and the Afghan government began peace talks in Qatar in September.
Afghanistan – and Kabul in particular – has seen a spate of murders of prominent figures, including journalists, clergy, politicians and right-wing activists.
Last week, a newscaster was shot dead in the eastern city of Jalalabad, the second female journalist to be murdered in less than a month.
The capital was hit by rockets twice this month and recently battled heavy attacks on educational centers, including a student massacre on a university campus.
In a separate attack in Kabul on Tuesday, one police officer was killed and two others injured when armed men attacked their checkpoint.
The peace talks were suspended until January. Government negotiators are expected to return to Kabul from Qatar this week to meet with senior officials.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and several other high-ranking officials have called for the talks to be moved from Doha to Afghanistan.