Four doctors who collaborated with hundreds of Taliban prisoners at an Afghan jail were among five people killed on Tuesday when a car bomb detonated, police said.
According to Kabul police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz, the blast happened in the southern district of the city while the doctors were travelling to the Pul-e-Charkhi prison where they served.
When a ‘magnetic bomb’ attached to the car exploded, four doctors and a passer-by were killed, Faramarz said, adding that another two people were injured.
At Pul-e-Charkhi, situated on the eastern outskirts of Kabul, hundreds of Taliban militants and other prisoners are imprisoned.
Despite the Taliban and the government participating in peace negotiations, the region has been rocked by a surge of deadly attacks in recent months.
In Kabul and other provinces, targeted killings of prominent personalities, including journalists, lawmakers and rights activists, have also become more frequent lately.
For some of the latest attacks in Kabul, which killed hundreds of civilians, the Islamic State group has taken responsibility.
Tuesday’s attack came just two days after 10 people were killed and more than 50 injured in Kabul by a car bomb targeting a lawmaker.
In the explosion, lawmaker Khan Mohammad Wardak was injured.
A few days before that incident, Mahbobullah Mohebi, the deputy governor of Kabul province, was killed in a similar attack.
And on Monday, in the eastern city of Ghazni, an Afghan journalist was shot dead by gunmen in what appeared to be yet another targeted assassination.
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