Afghan election commissioner guard killed in suicide attack

Afghan election commission spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor says suicide attack targeting one of its officials killed bodyguard and wounded driver in capital Kabul

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Afghanistan security forces have been inspecting a highway between Kunduz and Tahar on Nov. 26, 2015.

Afghan election commission spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor has announced that a suicide attack targeting one of its officials killed a bodyguard and wounded a driver in the country's capital Kabul on Saturday.

Hawliya Rodwal, who is the Kabul provincial director of The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan, was the intended target of the assault according to the commission. He was not harmed by the attack which killed one of his security personnel and also wounded his driver.

The attack took place in a residential neighbourhood, damaging several houses at the site, The Associated Press reported.

Though no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, the Taliban has been known to attack commission officials in the country a number of times.

The Afghan Ministry of Defense previously said its military forces started an operation on Wednesday to rescue 18 people who were captured by the Taliban after their helicopter had to make an emergency landing due a technical problem in territory which was under the control of the group.

The Taliban ruled Afghanistan before a US-led coalition occupied the country and helped form a new government in 2001 following the September 11 attacks. The group has fought with Afghan government forces reinforced by NATO since 2001 and has recently intensified its attacks.

The number of troops stationed by NATO in Afghanistan has been reduced to around 14,000 from 140,000 in the last few years in accordance with the policies of US President Barack Obama.

However, as of 2015 NATO countries are still funding around 90 percent of the operational costs of the Afghan security forces.

TRTWorld and agencies