» 07/14/2012 AFGHANISTAN Two attacks target head of women rights and intelligence chief 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
attack, which occurred during a wedding party, left more than 22 dead and 40
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
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.