A female doctor was killed in a bomb blast claimed by the local affiliate of the Islamic State (IS), in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad in yet another targeted hit, officials said yesterday, just days after three women media workers were gunned down in the area.
Journalists, religious scholars, activists and judges have all been victims of a recent wave of political assassinations across Afghanistan, forcing many into hiding -- with some fleeing the country.
In the latest incident, the doctor was killed after a magnetic bomb was attached to the vehicle she was travelling in, according to a spokesman from the provincial governor's office. A child was also injured by the explosion.
Meanwhile, in the country's restive east, at least seven members of Afghanistan's persecuted Hazara ethnic group were brutally murdered, officials said Thursday.
The group of migrant Hazara labourers had their hands bound behind their backs and were shot to death late Wednesday, according to Nangarhar provincial council member Ajmal Omar.