Prison Doctors Killed after Roadside Bombing in Afghan Capital

A roadside bomb killed at least five individuals, including prison doctors and health workers, as they drove to Kabul’s main prison, police said on Tuesday.

A roadside bomb killed at least five individuals, including prison doctors and health workers, as they drove to Kabul’s main prison, police said on Tuesday.

According to Kabul police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz, the bombing occurred in a southern district of Kabul.

Faramarz said the doctors and health staff worked at the Puli Charkhi prison, the Afghan capital’s high-security penitentiary that holds Taliban inmates.

Masooma Jafari, a spokeswoman for the health ministry, said that the doctors, two of them women, were working to curb the spread of coronavirus infection in the jail.

The killing was the latest in a series of assassinations that use homemade “magnetic bombs”.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. The Taliban also denied any involvement in the incident.

“It is saddening and far from expectations today the enemy of humanity targeted our health workers, who are known as peace-keepers,” said Jafari.

Kabul has been plagued with deadly violence in recent months despite on-going peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government that aim to end the two decades of fighting in the war-torn country.


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