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Afghanistan: The governor of Kabul has been killed in a ‘sticky bomb’ attack on a car

A deputy governor of Kabul has been killed in a “sticky bomb” attack in the Afghan capital, security officials say.

Mahbubullah Mohebi was traveling in a car on Tuesday when a device attached to his car exploded. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

This is one of the latest killings in Afghanistan this month, involving a public prosecutor who was shot while on the job.

Journalists, activists and other political figures have been targeted.

Attackers often use so-called “sticky bombs” that are attached to vehicles by magnets.

Afghan news channel Tolo TV reported that Mr Mahabir’s secretary had also been killed in the latest blast and that two of his bodyguards had been injured.

Peace talks between Afghan officials and the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, were closed until January.

Both sides have recently made progress on the initial issue, but talks on a ceasefire or power-sharing arrangement have not begun.

Last month the US announced plans to withdraw 2,000 troops from the country by mid-January.

The decision was criticised amid concerns that a sharp and speedy reduction of troops would weaken the Afghan government’s ability to deal with a resurgence of the Taliban and other militant groups.

Many analysts fear the Afghan army is not strong enough to fight on its own if violence continues after foreign troops have left.


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