(NEW YORK) — Taliban insurgents have stepped up attacks on prominent officials in Afghanistan over the past several days, killing two while the government’s higher education minister narrowly avoided death on Sunday.
A provincial governor reported that Obaidullah Obaid was targeted for assassination in a roadside bomb attack aimed at his motorcade. The Afghan minister managed to escape unharmed while travelling between the northern provinces of Baghlan and Kunduz although two police officers were injured.
Sunday’s assault came less than 24 hours after a suicide bomber crashed the wedding party of Ahmad Khan’s daughter in Samangan province.
Khan, a member of parliament, was killed in the attack along with 16 other people while dozens more were wounded.
This incident preceded Friday’s assassination of Hanifa Safi, the women’s affairs director in the province of Laghman. She died in a car bomb blast that left her husband and daughter critically injured.
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Ralph Ellis, Ben Wedeman and Michael Pearson, CNN
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