News - Afghanistan
Yet another blast was reported in Kabul city in Police District 6, near the Attorney General's Office, early Wednesday morning – bringing the total number in the past two weeks to three.
According to a local security official, a magnetic bomb was placed on a police vehicle that was parked near the AG's Office by unknown persons.
Security officials said there were no casualties. However, an eyewitness said the vehicle had been driven to the area by insurgents who then left and detonated their explosives remotely.
No insurgent group including the Taliban has yet claimed responsibility.
This follows Sunday's attack in the same area when a suicide bomber detonated explosives. The target was a mini bus transporting staff from the Attorney General's Office. Three people were killed in the attack and at least 18 injured.
Last week, the same AG's office was also the target of a suicide attack which resulted in the deaths of two civilians.
These back-to-back attacks aimed at public prosecutors prompted calls earlier this week among members of the legal community for the Attorney General's office to close its doors until action is taken to ensure the safety of its employees.
In less than two weeks, two suicide bombings – and now a third blast – has targeted convoys of prosecutors.
Naeema and Storai, who worked in the Attorney General's office dedicated to preventing violence against women, were the female prosecutors killed in this week's attack. Their families have criticized the government for failing to keep them safe.
"It is due to a lack of management and weakness in the system that we are facing these conditions every day," said Noor-ul-Haq, a brother of Naseema. "I am sure this is not the first tragedy and it certainly won't be the last," he added.
The violence has prompted some in the legal community to argue for the Attorney General's office to be closed so long as physical safety cannot be guaranteed.
"The investigative institutions and Ministry of Interior must maintain security for the prosecutors; prosecutors don't have anything but their pen - they are weak," a prosecutor named Shah Qasem told TOLOnews. "If they cannot maintain security for the prosecutors, then the doors of the Attorney General's office must be closed."
However, the targeted attacks on prosecutors have been a solemn reminder of just how much political violence in Afghanistan impacts the lives of everyday civilians.