Afghanistan: Two workers killed, 6 injured after gunman Ambush airport bus, says official

Unknown gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying airport workers in the North Afghanistan At least two people died and six others were injured on Sunday, a senior police officer said.

Balkh provincial police spokesman Mohammad Asif Waziri told AFP that two gunmen ambushed the bus on its way to Mazar-e-Sharif airport. “While the technical team was on its way to the airport, the vehicle was attacked,” Waziri said.

The ambush was the latest in a series of deadly attacks in Afghanistan in recent months. Foreign airlines have not resumed flights to Kabul and other Afghan cities since the Taliban came to power in August, citing safety concerns for their crew and passengers.

While Taliban fighters provide security at all Afghan airport terminals, a UAE firm has been tasked with providing ground handling and passenger screening services at several facilities.

Since the Taliban’s return to power, the country has faced a severe shortage of professionals in many fields, including technical staff for the country’s airports.

Violence levels in Afghanistan have fallen since the radical Islamist group returned to power, but there has been an uptick in bombings and gun attacks recently.

At least four people were killed and several others injured in a bomb blast targeting a minibus in the capital Kabul on Saturday.

Dozens of civilians were killed in Kabul and other cities – mainly in sectarian attacks – during the holy month of Ramadan, with some attacks claimed by the Islamic State group.

Many of those attacks targeted the country’s Shia Hazara and Sufi communities.

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