The Taliban ambushed and killed an Afghan intelligence official in southern Helmand province as he was walking home from work, while a roadside bombing in the country’s north killed a military commander and his bodyguard, officials said Thursday.
The attacks were the latest violence in Afghanistan even as the Taliban hold peace talks with a US envoy tasked with finding a resolution to the 18-year war.
In the Helmand attack, the officer, who headed the intelligence department’s press office for the province, was ambushed late on Wednesday, according to the provincial police chief’s spokesman Zaman Hamdard. Another member of the intelligence department was wounded in the attack, the spokesman said.
An investigation was underway to find the perpetrators, Hamdard added. Taliban spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi claimed responsibility for the attack.
The roadside bombing in northern Faryab province took place on Wednesday morning, killing the commandeer of the Afghan army’s First Battalion and his bodyguard, and wounding two other bodyguards.
According to Mohammad Hanif Rezaie, the military spokesman in northern Afghanistan, the battalion commander, Capt. Muhib Shah, was traveling to the volatile Khwaja Sabzposh district when the car he and his bodyguards were in hit the roadside bomb. The Taliban have not claimed the attack so far.
The Taliban now control or hold sway over roughly half of Afghanistan and continue to stage near-daily attacks targeting Afghan and US forces, Kabul government officials or those seen as linked to the government — even as they hold peace talks with the US and have given the US envoy a document outlining their offer for a temporary cease-fire in Afghanistan.
US must be involved on Afghanistan after troops leave, says PakistanPakistan said on Thursday that the United States must remain engaged in Afghanistan’s reconstruction even if it succeeds in withdrawing troops ... World News
Two US soldiers killed in Afghanistan bomb attack: NATO missionTwo American soldiers were killed and two others injured in a roadside bomb attack on a US Army vehicle in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, the NATO ... World News
US ambassador ends term in AfghanistanWashington’s ambassador to Afghanistan ended his term and left the country on Monday as scheduled, a State Department spokesperson told AFP, ... World News