Afghan governor escapes Helmand ambush

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 23:30

Kandhar: The governor of Afghanistan`s
troubled Helmand province on Tuesday escaped unharmed from an
insurgent ambush and gun battle that left two attackers dead,
his office said.

Mohammad Gulab Mangal was returning to Lashkar Gah,
capital of the southern province, after an official visit to
Sangin, a pocket of some of the worst fighting in Afghanistan,
when his motorcade came under fire from insurgents.

"The security forces returned fire and killed two of
the armed attackers. Their bodies were left on the ground," a
statement from his office said.

Pictures released with the statement showed at least
four bullet holes in Mangal`s armoured vehicle.
Helmand is one of Afghanistan`s most dangerous
provinces and a major focus for US-led NATO operations in the
war-torn country.

Mangal has survived numerous previous attempts on his

The attack came on the same day that the deputy chief
of Afghanistan`s spy agency, Ahmad Zia, escaped an apparent
attempt on his life in Kabul when guards shot and killed a man
who tried to ram a bomb-laden car into his motorcade.


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First Published: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 23:30

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