At least five people were killed and two others were wounded in a mine blast in Kabul city on Tuesday morning, Kabul police confirmed in a statement.
The incident occurred around 7:33am local time in the Doghabad area of PD7 of Kabul city when a mine exploded that had been placed on a vehicle carrying doctors working at Pul-e-Charkhi prison, the statement said.
However, the statement did not provide further details about the victims.
Before this, officials at Istiqlal hospital confirmed that at least three people were killed and two were wounded in the blast and the dead and wounded have been transferred to the hospital.
The Taliban in a statement denied their involvement in the attack.
Dr. Nazifa Ibrahimi, the acting head of the health directorate of the prisoners' affairs authority, was among the five killed in the attack, the authority said in a statement.
Other officials who were killed in the attack are Abdul Matin, the deputy head of the health directorate of the prisoners’ affairs authority, Abdul Nabi, driver of the department, Dr. Sona, an employee of the Ministry of Public Health who was sent to the authority for COVID-19 tests for prisoners.
60 Attacks in Kabul Over 2 Months
Kabul witnessed at least 60 security-related incidents over the past two months in which 133 people were killed and 280 more wounded, according to a survey by TOLOnews.
Amrullah Saleh, First Vice President, personally took charge of overseeing Kabul's security two months ago.
Based on the TOLOnews survey, over the past 64 days Kabul witnessed three suicide attacks including an attack on Kabul University, an attack on the Kawsar-e-Danish coaching center and on security forces in Paghman district in the east of Kabul.
According to the survey, during this period Kabul also witnessed 29 IED blasts, three missile attacks, 26 armed attacks and two car bombings.
Saleh, after assuming charge of Kabul's security, pledged to bring real security for the people in the capital city.