ASIA NEWS REPORT:
Two attacks, yesterday and this morning. Hanifa Safi
head of the women's affairs department of the province of Laghman killed by a
bomb planted in his car. Ahmad Khan, top military chief and close to Karzai died
in a suicide bombing that killed 22 people. No one has claimed responsibility
for the attacks.
Kabul (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Attacks against leading Afghan personalities
continue. This morning at Aybak (Samangan), a bomb killed Ahmad Khan, head of
the province of Samangan. The attack, which occurred during a wedding party,
left more than 22 dead and 40 wounded. It came just one day after the tragic
death of Hanifa Safi (pictured), head of the Department for women's affairs of
the eastern Afghan province of Laghman (eastern Afghanistan), among the most
influential women in Afghanistan, who was killed by a bomb placed under the car
in which she was traveling with her husband. At the moment nobody has claimed
the two attacks. This morning, Taliban leaders issued a statement in which they
deny any involvement.
Experts say the attack against Khan is related to the diatribes among Afghan
ethnic groups for control of the country. Originally from Uzbekistan, he was a
strong supporter of President Karzai's Pashtun faction, which in recent years
has woven several alliances with ethnic Uzbeks and Tajiks in an effort to give
way to reconciliation with the Taliban.
If the death of Khan seems to have ties to political roots in the internal
battle for power, no one can explain the murder of Hanifa Safi. She was engaged
for years in defending the rights of Afghan women and was a symbol of change
after years of Taliban rule. Jan Kubis, UN representative in Kabul, said that
the entire population is shocked by this news. "The killing - he says - of a
courageous person who dedicated her life to serving her country, devoting
herself to improving the status of women is an insult to all of
Khan and Hanifa Safi join the sad list of leaders and politicians engaged in
dialogue who have been killed between 2011 and 2012. Among these, Burhanuddin
Rabbani, President of the Council for Peace in Afghanistan and head of dialogue
with Taliban, killed by a suicide bomber Sept. 20, 2011.
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