Five people were killed in targeted attacks in Kabul and two were wounded in attacks by armed robbers in less than 24 hours, according to security officials and sources.
The first incident occurred in the Afshar area in Kabul’s PD5 on Sunday evening, in which two security guards of the former election commission chief Yusuf Nuristani were killed, police confirmed.
Two civilians meanwhile were wounded in an attack by armed robbers in Kabul’s PD12 on Sunday evening.
On the same day, two residents of Paktia, who were civilians, were killed in the Shahrak-e-Amniat area in Kabul’s PD12.
Meanwhile, an NDS member was killed in an attack by unknown armed men in the Company area in Kabul’s PD5 on Monday morning, police said.
“Kabul’s situation has worsened. Security forces are not vigilant,” said Aimal, a Kabul resident.
“Killings have increased. The government cannot control the situation. Everyone is thinking about their own interests,” said Reshad, a Kabul resident.
The EU delegation and the diplomatic missions in Afghanistan in a joint statement released on Sunday condemned the targeted killings and kidnappings in the country.
The EU delegation and the diplomatic missions of Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States as well as the NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan called for an end to the assassinations, kidnappings, and the destruction of vital infrastructure - all of which directly harms the Afghan people.
“The violence is targeted at civil society, judicial, media, religious, medical and civilian government representatives who are essential to a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan,” it said.
The Japanese ambassador in Kabul, Takashi Okada, said that terror attacks must end.
“It is really a serious issue. Every day those targeted killings taking place. They really focus on the journalists, human rights activists, government officials, religious leaders. Those are the lively elements of a lively society. And so these targeted killings need to stop. That is why together with the other countries in the international community, Japan is calling on those perpetrators to stop the killing and the level of violence needs to be reduced,” he told TOLOnews.
Also, a blast targeted a vehicle carrying Khushnood Nabizada, head of the office of the state minister for peace affairs. He survived the attack, and no one was hurt in it, according to police.
Figures by the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission show that in 2020 over 2,000 people were killed in incidents for which no one claimed responsibility.