A blast targeted an armored vehicle that belonged to Khushnood Nabizada, head of the office of the state minister for peace affairs, in Kabul on Monday morning but had no casualties, security officials said.
The incident happened at around 7:26 am local time in the Shaheed roundabout in Kabul' PD10 after Nabizada’s vehicle hit by an IED, the security forces said.
Kabul police confirmed the blast but did not provide further details about it.
Nabizada and two of his children were in the vehicle when the blast happened, but no one including his driver was hurt, his relatives said.
Nabizada is also the founder of the Khaama Press, an online news agency in Afghanistan.
So far, no group including the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the blast.
"The current level of violence amidst the peace efforts is not acceptable for the people of Afghanistan. Meanwhile, we call on the international community and the supporters of the peace process to continue their support to an end in violence in the country," said Sayed Sadat Mansoor Naderi, the state minister for peace affairs.
Data collected by TOLOnews indicate that 271 people were killed 347 others were wounded in 214 blasts, armed attacks and group attacks in the country in January. Of these attacks, the Taliban claimed responsibility for 34 incidents.
"The Taliban are responsible for all attacks and destruction in the country," said Sattar Husaini, an MP from Farah.