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Bomb kills Afghan MP, four others: relative

A prominent Afghan lawmaker and four other men were killed on Thursday in a bomb blast in the insurgency-hit southern province of Helmand, a relative told AFP.

world Updated: Mar 19, 2009 17:42 IST

A prominent Afghan lawmaker and four other men were killed on Thursday in a bomb blast in the insurgency-hit southern province of Helmand, a relative told AFP.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast that blew up a vehicle carrying Helmand MP Dad Mohammad Khan and his companions.

Helmand suffers some of the worst of a Taliban-led insurgency that targets Afghan officials.

“Dad Mohammad Khan has been martyred in this explosion along with four of his friends,” Akhtar Mohammad, a cousin of the MP, told AFP.

“I am here where the bomb blast took place. We are carrying out the bodies now,” he said by telephone.

Police confirmed there had been an incident in the same area in the Gereshk district, but could not give details until officers reached the scene.

Officials, who did not want to be identified, said the blast hit a vehicle carrying Khan and the others as they were traveling to the provincial capital Lashkar Gah.

The extremist Taliban were in government from 1996 until 2001, when they were ousted in a US-led invasion. They are fighting to take back power from the new Western-backed administration.