An Afghan Minister survived an insurgent roadside bombing on Sunday, the third attack on high profile officials in three days, said a provincial Governor.
Higher Education Minister Obaidullah Obaid was travelling between the northern provinces of Baghlan and Kunduz when his motorcade hit a roadside bomb, similar to those used by Taliban insurgents.
The Minister escaped unhurt but two policemen escorting his convoy were wounded, Baghlan Governor Munshi Abdul Majeed told AFP, blaming the blast on the Taliban.
In a separate attack on Sunday, a twin bombing wounded 14 people in Logar province south of Kabul. The second explosion hit security forces as they gathered to investigate the first one, police said.
The casualties were mostly police, army and intelligence investigators, police said.
The bombings came a day after a suicide attacker killed a prominent Afghan MP and former warlord, Ahmad Khan, targeting him at his daughter’s wedding party in the northern town of Aibak in Samangan province.
Sixteen other people were also killed and dozens more were wounded. On Friday, Laghman provincial Women’s Affairs Director Hanifa Safi was killed when a bomb attached to her vehicle exploded, critically wounding her husband and daughter.
Suicide attacks and roadside bombings are favoured weapons of the Taliban, which has waged an insurgency against the Western-backed government of President Hamid Karzai since their regime was ousted in 2001.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s Interior Minister says the initial investigation into a bloody bombing at the wedding hall suggests the Taliban was responsible for the suicide attack.
The Taliban have not claimed responsibility for the attack, nor have they denied that they carried it out.