Three among Afghan public protection force spokesman dead in Kabul bomb blast

KABUL: Three people, including the Afghan Public Protection Force spokesman Zia Wadan, were killed after a bomb blast rocked Kabul’s police district office on Sunday.

According to Interior Ministry Spokesman Tariq Arian, in the blast, Zia Wadan and two of his colleagues killed and another police cop sustained severe injuries.

Unfortunately, at 8:30 this morning, a car carrying Zia Vedan, a spokesman for the Public Protection, who was on his way to work, was targeted by criminals, Tariq Arian tweeted. “The use of improvised explosive devices and mines is a war crime, and the Taliban are responsible for these crimes and killings,” he added.

He said terrorists were involved in the attack. “They are members of the Taliban. Terrorists are divided into small groups. These hidden criminals will be suppressed,” he added.

Violence and chaos have increased in Afghanistan in recent months even as government negotiators and the Taliban are meeting in Qatar to find an end to decades of relentless war. The two sides have made little progress.

Afghanistan has seen decades of violent conflict that has left tens of thousands of civilians dead. US forces have been in the country since 2001 in an operation to oust the Taliban after the deadly 9/11 attacks in New York.

The Taliban was removed from power but later regrouped and now controls more territory than at any time since the start of America’s longest war.

In February the US started withdrawing its troops after signing a landmark agreement with the insurgents. But violence in the country has risen again as the Taliban steps up its offensives amid stalled negotiations with the Afghan government.

 

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