Bomb kills deputy governor in Afghan capital Kabul

Afghan security officials inspecting the site of a bombing that killed Kabul province deputy governor Mahbobullah Mohebi and his secretary, on Dec 15, 2020. PHOTO: REUTERS

KABUL (AFP) - A deputy governor of Kabul province and his aide were killed on Tuesday (Dec 15) by a bomb in the Afghan capital, officials said, the latest in a wave of targeted killings in the country.

Mr Mahbobullah Mohebi was killed when a bomb attached to his vehicle detonated while he was on his way to his office, the interior ministry said.

His secretary, who was travelling with him, was also killed and two bodyguards were wounded.

Violence has raged across the country since the Taleban and Afghan government launched peace talks in Qatar in September. Peace talks have been paused until January, with government negotiators expected to return to Kabul from Qatar this week to meet senior officials.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and some other senior officials have called for talks to be moved to Afghanistan from Doha.

Afghanistan - and especially Kabul - have seen a spate of murders of prominent figures, including journalists, clerics, politicians and rights activists.

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

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

In a separate attack in Kabul on Tuesday, a policeman was killed and two others wounded when gunmen attacked their checkpoint, officials said.

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