Gunmen kill 7 workers, bomb kills female doctor
A female doctor was killed in a bomb blast in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad and at least seven civilians were shot and killed by a group of gunmen overnight in the country’s east, provincial officials said on Thursday.
The doctor was killed after a magnetic bomb attached to the vehicle she was traveling in exploded, according to a spokesman from the governor’s office in the eastern Nangarhar province.
“She was commuting in a rickshaw when the bomb went off,” the spokesman told the AFP news agency. The doctor was on her way to work at a provincial hospital’s maternity ward. A child was also injured by the explosion.
Another spokesman from the provincial hospital also confirmed the incident and the number of dead and injured people. Juma Gul Hemat, the provincial police chief in Nangarhar, said the victims of the shooting incident were workers at a plaster factory in the Sorkh Rod district. Police arrested four suspects, he added.
The laborers were all from Afghanistan’s minority Shia Hazara community, according to Farid Khan, a spokesman for the provincial police chief. Some had come from the capital of Kabul, as well as central Bamyan and northern Balkh provinces, to work in the factory.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for that attack, but fighters from the ISIL (ISIS) group have declared war on the Shia and frequently single out the Hazaras.
The act of aggression came two days after three female media workers who worked at a private TV station were gunned down in Jalalabad in separate shooting incidents that were just minutes apart.
ISIL claimed responsibility for killing the three women – Mursal Wahidi, Sadia Sadat, and Shahnaz Raufi. The three left work together and were gunned down in separate attacks while on their way home, almost at the same time.