The deputy governor of Kabul was killed when a sticky bomb attached to his armoured vehicle detonated in the centre of the Afghan capital on Tuesday.

Mahboobullah Mohebi and his assistant died in the blast, which happened in the PD9 area of the city.

Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian confirmed the attack, calling the killing “a war crime” and an inhumane act.

“Two of his bodyguards were also injured,” Mr Arian told The National.

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In another attack in Kabul, gunmen shot and killed a police officer and wounded another policeman, said Ferdaws Faramarz, spokesman for Kabul’s police chief. An investigation was under way, he said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the Kabul attacks. ISIS has claimed responsibility for several attacks in the capital in recent months, including horrific attacks on educational institutions that killed as many as 50 people, most of them students.

The Taliban has waged bitter battles against ISIS fighters, particularly in ISIS strongholds in eastern Afghanistan, while continuing their insurgency against Afghan government forces.

Violence in Afghanistan surged in recent months even as the Taliban and Afghan government negotiators are meeting in Qatar to try to hammer out a peace deal that could put an end to decades of war.

A new campaign of terror

The attack is the latest in a string of assassinations across the country, aimed at Afghan government officials, activists, journalists and intellectuals. Also on Tuesday, the deputy head of Ghor provincial council, Abdul Rahman Atshan, was killed and another provincial council member injured in a sticky bomb explosion, local officials confirmed.

On Thursday, Malala Maiwand an Afghan journalist from the southern city Jalalabad, was killed with her driver when gunmen fired on her vehicle.

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