'The fear is intense': Afghan 'sticky bombs', used by Taliban, on the rise

‘The fear is intense’: Afghan ‘sticky bombs’, used by Taliban, on the rise


Kabul: The killing caused by the small magnetic bomb photographed under the car disturbed Afghan officials, activists and journalists. They condemned the Taliban attack. Although the peace talks aimed to end the Twenty Years’ War, the attack continued. increase.

In recent weeks, at least 10 government officials and their assistants have been killed by “sticky bombs”, most of them in the capital Kabul. Senior security officials and Western diplomats say this strategy is to instill fear while avoiding large-scale civilian casualties.

“Internal intelligence memos reveal that the Taliban are systematically eliminating mid-career, ambitious government officials and other prominent individuals who are clearly against their hardline stance,” said a senior Western diplomat responsible for Afghanistan.

The rebels “are not killing the government s top brass as they can t afford to generate large-scale furore, for it would impinge upon the peace process,” the diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the press.

A Taliban spokesman said the group was behind some of the attacks but targeted only officials of the government that the group is both warring and negotiating with.

“We will continue to target the enemy and continue to eliminate important government figures, but not journalists or social activists,” said Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the militant group.

“We are directly attacking those people who are fighting against us either on the battlefield or those plotting against us from their government offices.”

The Afghan Ministry of Internal Affairs accused the Taliban of all bomb attacks.

Eight senior Afghan government officials in Kabul, three local reporters and two female professors told Reuters that they had recently changed their transportation methods and now regularly change their work routes.

The Taliban leader’s peace talks in Doha, the capital of Qatar, were suspended in neighboring Pakistan. The talks took three months to reach an agreement on the basic rules of procedure. Since the 2001 attack on the United States, the rise in violence has provided the best hope for ending the war that destroyed Afghanistan.

“Despite the talks, the militants were achieving desired the results of inculcating tremendous fear,” the diplomat said.

The militants have also stepped up widespread attacks against government forces in the provinces in an effort to establish new strongholds.

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