Magnetic bomb kills Afghan district governor: official

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from Agence France-Presse
Published on 08 Mar 2014

03/08/2014 11:43 GMT

JALALABAD, March 8, 2014 (AFP) - A magnetic bomb attached to a district governor's vehicle exploded in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing the governor and his bodyguard, provincial authorities said.

The attack in Nangarhar province highlights the security threat surrounding presidential elections in a month's time, when voters will choose a successor to Hamid Karzai.

"Today 9:00am, a mine attached to the vehicle of Nazyan district governor Noor Agha Kamran was detonated in the city of Jalalabad," Nangarhar police spokesman, Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal told AFP.

"Unfortunately, district governor Noor Agha Kamran was martyred along with his one bodyguard, and several passersby were wounded in the attack," he added.

Nangarhar governor spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai said five bystanders were slightly wounded. They were discharged from the hospital after treatment.

In another attack in neighbouring Laghman province, four Afghan soldiers and two policemen were killed while defusing a roadside bomb.

"Today 8:00am, Afghan security forces went to the outskirts of Mehtarlam provincial capital to defuse a roadside bomb, and another bomb detonated," Sarhadi Zwak, Laghman governor's spokesman, told AFP.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks but Taliban insurgents regularly use roadside bombs to target Afghan security forces and NATO-led US troops as part of their fight against Karzai's US-backed government.

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