The deputy governor of Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, was killed in a “sticky bomb” attack.
On Tuesday, Mahboobullah Mohebi and his secretary both died when a bomb attached to their vehicle exploded. Though the attack was not reported by any party, it was also learned that two bodyguards were injured.
AFP announced that Abdul Rahman Akshan, the deputy leader of the provincial council, was killed by a similar bomb hours later in central Ghor province.
In recent weeks, journalists, activists, and other political figures have been targeted. Twice this month, the capital was also hit by rockets and has recently seen attacks on educational centers, including a massacre of university students. It had carried out the student killings and one of the rocket attacks, the Islamic State group claimed.
The so-called “sticky bombs” attached to cars by magnets have been used in many recent attacks on individuals.
Since the Taliban and the Afghan government launched peace talks in Qatar in September, violence has been raging across the nation. Peace talks were paused until January, with government negotiators set to return from Qatar to meet with senior officials in Kabul this week.
President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan and some other senior officials have called for talks to be moved from Doha to Afghanistan.