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Afghanistan: Italian embassy vehicle targeted in Kabul — local media

Workers from the Italian embassy in Kabul have narrowly escaped with their lives after their vehicle was reportedly targeted with an explosive device.

The charred remains of a vehicle hit by a roadside bomb in Kabul in December 2020

Militants have targeted certain individuals by attaching magnetic mines to their vehicles

An armored vehicle belonging to the Italian embassy in Kabul was hit by an IED blast on Monday, local media reported.

"The vehicle that was targeted belongs to the Italian embassy and was carrying Afghan employees of the embassy. One person was slightly wounded in the blast," the security source told the Afghan newspaper Tolo News.

The source added that "a vehicle of the Ministry of Economy that was passing by was also damaged."

A source told the BBC Persian that both cars were destroyed in the explosion.

Kabul police said that nobody had been killed and that no group had yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Kabul continues to be rocked by violence

Afghanistan, and especially the capital Kabul, has seen almost daily attacks in the past few months, in the form of magnetic bombs on cars, ambushes and targeted assassinations.

The year began with the news of the assassination of a prominent journalist and activist which was followed by the shooting of two female judges in their car in Kabul in mid-January.

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Gunmen kill two female judges in Kabul

According to Tolo News there were over 170 violent incidents in the past 100 days in Kabul alone, killing 177 people and wounding 360 others.

The Afghan government has also been holding peace negotiations with Taliban militants in Qatar.

US President Joe Biden's new top diplomat, Jake Sullivan, expressed his intention to review the agreement which was signed during the presidency of Donald Trump.

The Taliban have been accused of carrying out violent attacks across the country to increase their leverage in the talks.

Islamic State is also active in the country — an attack on Kabul university last summer left scores dead.