Five security personnel were killed in an attack on the Kabul-Jalalabad Road while escorting a UN envoy, on Thursday.
The five killed, belonged to the Afghan Directorate of Protection Services (DPS). The incident occurred in Tangi Abreshum area of Surobi district around 10 am, security sources told media.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) confirmed the news on Twitter saying; “The UN family in #Afghanistan mourns the loss of five Afghan Directorate of Protection Service personnel in an incident today in Surobi District of Kabul. No UN personnel were hurt or vehicle effected in an attack which hit a DPS vehicle that was escorting a UN convoy.”
“My thoughts and prayers are with families of officers who died offering protection (to) our staff, as they do on so many days. The UN has expressed its deepest condolences to Govt of Afghanistan … Violence in Afghanistan must end,” Dr. Ramiz Alakbarov, UN Secretary General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, offered condolences.
An Afghan journalist Bilal Sarwary said in a tweet today, that 56 Taliban attacks have occurred over the last 24 hours across Afghanistan. But a sharp increase has been seen in US air strikes including F16s and drone strikes against Taliban in places like Shirzad, Ningarhar and other areas.