Suspected rebels kill Govt official in Afghanistan
The administrative chief of Zurmat district in Paktia province, Mamor Zahir, was killed when several attackers opened fire on him.india Updated: Mar 14, 2006 14:23 IST
Suspected Taliban rebels shot dead a district chief in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday while several bombs exploded in the south, killing a civilian, security officials said.
The administrative chief of Zurmat district in eastern Paktia province, Mamor Zahir, was killed when several attackers opened fire on him outside his home early in the morning, the provincial security director said.
Zahir's bodyguards returned fire, killing one of the attackers and wounding several who managed to escape, director Ghulam Nabi Salem told the agency.
Paktia, along the border with Pakistan, had been relatively calm for about a year but once saw regular attacks linked to militants loyal to the Taliban regime removed from power in US-led invasion in late 2001.
The insurgency is focused on southern and eastern Afghanistan, although there have been several attacks in the rest of the country in the past months.
The main targets of the insurgency are Afghan and foreign security forces who have been based in the country for four years to hunt down militants allied with the Al-Qaeda terror network.
In the southern province of Kandahar, a hotbed of Taliban activities, a male civilian was killed and another wounded Monday when the motorbike they were driving hit a mine, police said.
Purported Taliban spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi said the bomb in the insurgency-hit town of Spin Boldak, on the border with Pakistan, was planted by Taliban fighters and intended for police.
Two other bombs struck police vehicles in the Kandahar districts of Arghandab and Maiwand Monday but caused no casualties, a police official said on condition of anonymity.
The Arghandab blast targeted a counter-narcotics vehicle which was slightly damaged.
The Taliban for more than four years have been waging their guerrilla-style insurgency against the government of President Hamid Karzai, which is backed by thousands of foreign troops including some 16,000 Americans.
The revolt was launched right after the toppling of the Taliban government and has claimed thousands of lives.
Violence, most of it linked to the Taliban-led insurgency, killed about 1,700 people last year, many of them militants.
More than 100 have been killed this year, including four US soldiers who died in a bomb blast on Sunday.
First Published: Mar 14, 2006 14:23 IST