The Special Assistant of Mohammad Haneef Atmar, the acting foreign minister of Afghanistan, escaped an assassination attempt as unknown gunmen opened fire on him in Kabul city late on Thursday night.

“Mutiullah Abdulrahimzai, a Special Assistant to Acting Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar, was attacked by terrorists around 10:30 PM on May 14, 2020 near his residence in the 8th District of Kabul. Doctors assure that his health condition is under control,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

The statement further added “Mr. Atmar strongly condemns this cowardly act, and wishes a speedy recovery for Mr. Abdulrahimzai.”

“Minister Atmar emphasized that such terrorist acts will not hinder his efforts in pursuit of national interest and peace in Afghanistan, and will further strengthen and renew his commitment to achieving this national objective,” the foreign ministry said, adding that the security and law enforcement services are working to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

No individual or group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.


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