A deputy governor of the province of Kabul and his aide were killed by a bomb in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, officials said the latest in a wave of targeted assassinations in the region.
When a bomb attached to his car exploded while he was on his way to his office, Mahbobullah Mohebi was killed, the Interior Ministry said.
The secretary of Mohebi, who was travelling with him was also killed, injuring two bodyguards. Since the Taliban and the Afghan government began peace talks in Qatar in September, violence has been escalating across the world.
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The President of the High Council for National Reconciliation, Abdullah Abdullah, denounced the attack and stated that the rise in attacks is a direct enemy of the Afghan peace process.
The Special Presidential Envoy and Minister of State for Human Rights, Sima Samar, tweeted that “people are tired of terrorist attacks every day”
In order to save the killing and further bloodshed, Samar also encouraged the Taliban to agree to a truce.
Afghanistan has seen a rash of murders of political figures, including journalists, clergy, politicians and rights activists, especially in Kabul.
In the eastern town of Jalalabad last week a female news anchor was shot dead, the second journalist to be assassinated in less than a month.
Twice this month, the capital was targeted by missiles and has recently fought massive attacks on education centres, including a massacre of students on a university campus.
A policeman was killed in a separate assault in Kabul on Tuesday and two others were injured when gunmen assaulted their checkpoint, officials said.
Peace talks were paused until January, with government leaders set to return from Qatar to visit senior officials in Kabul this week.
President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan and some other senior officials have asked for talks to be moved from Doha to Afghanistan.