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Taliban kill Afghan officer after series of failed attacks

world Updated: Apr 01, 2012 19:35 IST

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An Afghan police officer, who had earlier survived over a dozen attempts on his life by Taliban militants, was killed on Sunday along with his bodyguard after his car hit a roadside bomb in a restive southern province.


Tor Jan, commander of several police check points in the Uruzgan province, was killed after his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED), in Tairn Kot, the capital of the province, known to be a hotbed of Taliban insurgency.

Tor Jan was directly targeted by militants several times in the past and had survived several such attacks before finally succumbing to one today, officials said.

"Commander Tor Jan earlier survived more than a dozen direct attacks of the insurgents, but finally he was killed today when his car hit an IED," said Farid Ayal, spokesman of the provincial Police Chief in Uruzgan.

One of his bodyguards was also killed in the attack.

"Jan was a brave police officer. With all those earlier attacks, still he was on his duty and finally he sacrificed his life for his people and his country," added Ayal.

Taliban militants are more active in Uruzgan than anywhere else in the country and attack their targets at will.