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Female doctor killed in eastern Afghanistan roadside bombing

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Policemen arrive at the site of a bomb blast that killed at least two people and injured five others, in Kabul, Afghanistan, on February 21, 2021. (Photo by AFP)

A bomb explosion has targeted a female doctor in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad, local officials say, shortly after three female media workers were killed in the city.

Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor of the capital of Nangarhar Province, said the doctor was on her way to work when a magnetic bomb was attached to the vehicle she was traveling in and detonated on Thursday.

“She was commuting in a rickshaw when the bomb went off,” Khogyani said, adding that a child was also wounded in the incident.

Khogyani did not name the doctor but said she worked in the maternity ward of a private hospital.

So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the blast.

The latest attack came two days after gunmen shot dead three female media workers on their way home from work in Jalalabad in two separate attacks.

The Takfiri Daesh terrorist group later claimed responsibility for those attacks.  

In recent months, deadly attacks and high-profile assassinations have seen a rise in Afghanistan.

Journalists, religious scholars, activists, and judges have all been victims of the recent wave of violence across Afghanistan.

Afghan and US officials have blamed the string of assassinations on the Taliban militants.

The Taliban militant group, which has struck a peace deal with the United States and is engaging in talks with the Afghan government, has denied responsibility for the killings, though.

The attacks come as speculation is rife over the United States’ future in Afghanistan after the administration of President Joe Biden announced plans to review the agreement signed with the Taliban last year.

The US overthrew a Taliban regime shortly after the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan. But occupation forces have remained bogged down there ever since and violence continues to take a heavy toll in the country.

Daesh has also established a foothold in eastern and northern Afghanistan.

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