Two militants killed in attack on HQ of Afghan party led by former PM Hekmatyar


Guess what? At least two armed attackers have been killed when they tried to target the office of an Afghan party led by former Prime Minister Hekmatyar. Sources said that three attackers tried to enter Hizb-e-Islami leader, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s office, after detonating a car laden with explosives.

Let’s deep dive into the developments:

  • Hekmatyar, who served as PM in the 1990s, has not been injured in the attack, which occurred on Friday afternoon.
  • Ghairat Baheer, a party official, said that two attackers were killed while trying to enter the Hizb-e-Islami building, where a mosque is also located in Darulaman Area in District 6, and a third escaped.
  • “The car exploded outside the building and had little damage,” he said.
  • The attackers appeared to be planning to enter a mosque that is located in the office, where Friday prayers will be held in the presence of Hekmatyar.
  • In the attack, two bodyguards of Hekmatyar have been injured.
  • No one or group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Apart from this, an eyewitness and a Pakistani official told Afghanistan International that gunmen attacked the embassy of Pakistan in Kabul. According to sources, at least one employee of this embassy was injured in this attack. Sources added that this shooting took place from a building near the embassy.
  • Taliban officials have not yet commented on this case.

Back story: Earlier, on Wednesday too, at least 16 people were killed and 24 wounded in the blast that took place in Jahdia seminary in Aybak city of Samangan in Afghanistan during the afternoon prayers. A doctor of Samangan Provincial Hospital said that at least 15 people were dead and 27 injured others have been brought to this hospital. Most of the victims had been children.

Zoom out: The number of attacks against civilians has increased. Blasts and violence have become a regular affair in Afghanistan since the Taliban took control of the country following the ouster of the US-backed civilian government last year.

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