A Senior Member of Afghanistan ' s High Peace Council, Malim Shahwali, and two of his bodyguards have been killed after an improvised explosive device(IED) hit his convoy and unknown gunmen opened fire on the vehicle in southern part of the war - torn country.
The attack took place on Wednesday in Gereshk district in the Province of Helmand. The report says that at least three policemen and an Afghan soldier were also wounded in the attack. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. However, Taliban militants are blamed for the assault. The High Peace Council was formed in 2010 by President Hamid Karzai in an attempt to pave the way for reaching a peace deal with Taliban militants. In May 2012, Unknown armed men shot dead another member of the council identified as Arsala Rahmani in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul. The former head of the council Burhanuddin Rabbani was also assassinated in September 2011. After more than a decade of war, Washington has repeatedly been blamed for failing to keep its promises of bringing peace and security to Afghanistan. The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but led to years of invasion; insecurity is rising across the country despite the presence of thousands of foreign troops in Afghanistan. The US-led war in Afghanistan, which has caused record-high civilian and military casualties, has become the longest military conflict in the American history.