Five members of the Afghan Directorate of Protection Service were killed when they were escorting a UN envoy on the Kabul-Jalalabad highway.

“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 affected in an attack which hit a DPS vehicle that was escorting a UN convoy,” the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan tweeted.

According to reports, the incident happened at around 10 a.m on Thursday security officials told the media.

Ramiz Alakbarov, UN Secretary General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, also tweeted his condolences “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,”.

In another incident in Nangarhar province, two Afghan security members were injured when a roadside bomb targeted a National Directorate of Security convoy.

This comes as First vice president Amrulah Saleh said Thursday that all the freed prisoners as part of the US-Taliban peace deal are playing a major role in the rising insecurity across Afghanistan.

Saleh expressed his confidence in proving the case-by-case involvement of the released prisoners in the current violence.

The first vice president previously had claimed that the majority of the released Taliban prisoners have returned back to the battlefields.

According to Saleh behind the recent spate of Targeted attacks on workers of Ministries of Foreign affairs, rural rehabilitation, and agriculture are the spared Taliban prisoners, and that the Afghan government will no longer release more Taliban members from the jails in good faith. 

Saleh posted at his Facebook that “ We are ready to prove case by case that the 5500 Taliban prisoners release for the sake of peace, are involved in the escalation of violence and murders of the people, this was a blindfolded trust, and we will not repeat it again”


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