Three separate sticky bomb attacks killed at least five people and injured two others in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, a police officer said, during a wave of violence in the war-torn country.
Sticky bombs used in separate bomb attacks in Kabul
The first two blasts triggered by sticky bombs attached to cars took place 15 minutes apart, and a third involving a police car took place two hours later, Kabul police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz said. According to NBC News via MSN, no group took responsibility immediately.
Sticky bombs, explosive devices with magnets connected to cars and exploded by remote control or timer, have become the majority of Kabul's bomb attacks in recent months.
The first explosion hit a civilian car injuring both passengers inside the vehicle. The second blast hit a northwestern Kabul vehicle, where soldiers from the national army were driving, killing two soldiers and a civilian passerby. A police vehicle in western Kabul was hit by a third bomb, killing two police officers.
As peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government in Qatar have failed, Afghanistan has seen a national increase in attacks, targeted killings, and battlefield violence. It has been more than a month since the sides last discussed to decide how to proceed.
Meanwhile, the U.S.-Taliban ceasefire agreement signed on February 29 last year is being reviewed by the current U.S. government. Washington's pledge to a May 1 withdrawal of all foreign forces from Afghanistan was a big part of the resolution.
Russia also stepped up efforts to try to find a way forward. On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin's Special Envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, met with Pakistani leaders, including Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, to negotiate the peace process. Since the Taliban leadership retains houses and headquarters in Pakistan, it is seen as a critical player in the Afghan peace process.
No rebels claimed the series of bomb attacks
In recent months, most bomb attacks in Kabul's capital have been sticky bombs-explosive magnet devices connected to vehicles and exploded by remote control or timer. Police from Kabul said investigations were ongoing, as per Pakistan Today.
The Islamic State group's local branch has taken responsibility for some of the attacks, but several remain unclaimed, with the Taliban blamed by the government. For most of the attacks, the rebels have denied responsibility.
Police in Kabul suspected that they might have used the sticky explosives for the attacks. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, known as SIGAR, announced earlier this month that Taliban attacks in Kabul, the Afghan capital, are also rising, with growing targeted killings of government officials, civil society leaders, and journalists, Republic World reported.