- "Assassinating human rights defenders is a war crime in the context of armed conflict," the AIHRC said.
- "There can be no justification for attacks against human rights defenders," the UN tweeted.
- No group claimed responsibility for the attack.
Two members of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHCR) were killed in a bomb attack in Kabul as they headed to work. It is alleged that an explosive device planted in their vehicle. “It is intolerable,” IHCR said in a statement while confirming the incident.
“Assassinating human rights defenders is a war crime in the context of armed conflict,” the AIHRC said, adding that staff had previously been the target of attacks. The commission said that the deceased were the driver, 41 year-old Ahmad Jawed Folad, and 24 year-old Fatima Khalil, Donor coordinator.
No group claimed responsibility for the Saturday attack. The Taliban, through their spokesman, denied being involved in the attack. The United Nations condemned the attack saying it wasn’t justified.
“There can be no justification for attacks against human rights defenders. Immediate investigations needed with perpetrators held to account,” the UN mission said on Twitter. Turkey and the United Kingdom also condemned the attack on innocent life.
The attack comes a few days after a roadside bomb killed six civilians in Jawzjan province, in the northern part of the country. The Interior Ministry spokesman, Tariq Arian, confirmed the incident, and said that one person was injured in the attack. He blamed the attack on the Taliban militants, who are said to be active in parts of Jawzjan province. However, no group claimed responsibility.
There has been a rise in the number of attacks from militant groups in recent days. Earlier in the month, two people, including a prayer leader, were killed, and two others wounded in a bomb explosion in a mosque. A week later, four people were killed, including the prayer leader, in a bomb attack at another mosque.
The bomb targeted worshippers who had gathered for the evening prayers. Both attacks were claimed by the Islamic State. The Islamic State also claimed attack that left a journalist and one other employee of a local TV station, Khurshid TV, dead after a minibus carrying the employees of the TV station was struck by an improvised explosive device.
In a different attack, a roadside bomb claimed seven lives and left six others wounded. The blast hit a truck that carried laborers in Khan Abad district, in the country’s northern Kunduz Province. The area is said to be under the control of the Taliban. The Taliban and Islamic State are active militant groups in the country.
The spike in the attacks could be a possible hindrance to the peace process that is being pushed by foreign leaders. The country is set to begin peace talks for the prosperity of the country, following a peace deal signed in February. The peace deal, signed between the Unites States and the Taliban, gives a way for the Afghan government and the Taliban to start negotiations for the best interest of the country.
The talks between the militant group and the government have delayed because of the political rivalry between the two presidential candidates after last year’s elections. However, the two leaders reached an agreement earlier in the month. The agreement between the two leaders and the release of the prisoners is seen as a major step in the commencement of the talks.
The peace deal signed between the Unites States and the Taliban requires the Afghan government is to release 5,000 insurgents. In exchange, 1,000 Afghan soldiers and police captured by the militant group will be freed. The agreement was signed so as to pave the way for US troops to leave the country after the long military engagement.