A magnetic IED attached to the official’s car in the capital, according to local media reports, citing police.
The deputy governor of Kabul and his assistant were killed in an explosion in Afghanistan, police say, adding that unknown assailants attached a sticky bomb to his car.
Vice Governor Mahboobullah Mohebi was traveling to work on Tuesday with his security guards when a bomb attached to his vehicle exploded, the interior minister said.
Afghanistan’s TOLO news, citing Kabul police, reported on Twitter that “Mohibullah Mohammadi, Kabul’s deputy governor, and his secretary were killed in an explosion of IED placed on their vehicle.”
No group claimed responsibility for the blast, in which two of Mohebi’s guards were also injured.
Update: Mohibullah Mohammadi, dep. gov. of Kabul, and his secretary was killed in an explosion of an IED placed on their vehicle in Macroryan 4 in Kabul PD9 today, #Kabul police confirmed. “Two of his bodyguards were injured in the blast,” police said. pic.twitter.com/P3KdFY8cT9
– TOLOnews (@TOLOnews) December 15, 2020
Violence has raged across the country since the Taliban and Afghan governments launched peace talks in Qatar in September.
Afghanistan – and especially Kabul – has seen crowds of prominent people, including journalists, clerics, politicians and rights activists.
Last week a female news reporter was shot dead in the eastern city of Jalalabad, the second journalist killed in less than a month.
The capital has been hit by rockets twice this month and has recently battled major attacks on educational centers, including a massacre of students on a university campus.
In a separate attack in Kabul on Tuesday, a police officer was killed and two others injured when gunmen attacked their checkpoint, officials said.
Peace talks have been postponed until January, with government negotiators expected to return to Kabul from Qatar this week to meet with senior officials.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and some other senior officials have called for talks to be relocated to Doha’s Afghanistan.