Afghanistan’s national security advisor has resigned. He will be replaced by the Afghan ambassador to the United States, Hamdullah Mohib.
President Ashraf Ghani accepted Mohammed Haneef Atmar’s resignation on Saturday. The information was confirmed in a statement from the presidential palace.
Haroon Chakhansuri, who is Ghani's spokesperson, also confirmed Mohib's appointment to the position. In addition to his duties as Ambassador to the US, Mohib is also serving as the non-resident ambassador to Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Argentina and Columbia.
Qader Shah, a spokesman for the national security adviser's office, said he would provide more details on Atmar's resignation at a later date.
Atmar served as the interior minister under the former president Hamid Karzai, after previous posts as minister of rural development and education.
In a separate incident on Saturday, two people were killed and four wounded when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives in Jalalabad. The explosion took place near the office of the electoral commission in the eastern province of Nangarhar.
Those wounded in the attack were transported to the regional hospital in Jalalabad. One person is still in a critical condition and, in a statement from the provincial governor’s spokesperson Attahullah Khogyani, the casualty count is expected to increase.
According to the Associated Press, the blast occurred during a protest gathering by supporters of a rejected parliamentary candidate. The protest was taking place near the electoral commission’s office. Khogyani said several vehicles were damaged in the attack.
The attack came not long after several tents belonging to protesters, near the main Election Commission office in the capital of Kabul, were removed earlier on Saturday. Police officers removed the tents after threats of attacks, according to security officials.
The SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist groups, reported that an affiliate of the Islamic State group had issued a communique claiming responsibility for the attack.