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Afghan police officers latest victims of bombings in capital

Members of Afghan security forces stand guard at the site of an attack in Kabul on December 20, 2020. (Photo by AFP)

These past couple of days have been deeply disturbing for Afghanistan’s capital.

In the latest incident of a series of attacks four people, including two police officers, were killed in bombings on Saturday.

“A sticky bomb attached to a police vehicle” detonated in western Kabul, police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz said.

Two officers were also wounded in a similar bomb attack in southern Kabul earlier in the day, the official added.

That was not the end of the Saturday mini saga in Kabul.

A third attack in the east had been meant to take a deadly toll but it caused no casualties, said Maooma Jafari, deputy spokeswoman for the Afghan Health Ministry.

Moreover, two blasts hit other parts of the city but police provided no immediate details.

Elsewhere in the northern province of Balkh, a roadside bomb hit a police vehicle. A senior army officer died there, said Arif Iqbali, a district police chief.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Since December 20, more than a dozen people have been killed in acts of terror only in Kabul.

Intensified violence has given Afghanistan, its capital in particular, a thicker air of insecurity.

Afghans go through the current circumstances even though government negotiators and the Taliban militant group are in talks for peace. Progress has been slow, however.

The intra-Afghan negotiations began in the wake of a deal reached between the United States and the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, in February.

Under the Taliban-US deal, Washington promised to pull out all its troops by mid-2021 in return for the Taliban to stop their attacks on US-led occupation foreign forces in Afghanistan.

The deal was intended to result in the reduction of bloodshed, but Taliban militants have continued attacking Afghan security forces and civilians.


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