Bomb kills 2 guards protecting Afghan official

Amanullah Hotak, head of provincial council in Uruzgan province, escaped injury.

Last Updated: Jan 21, 2011, 16:20 PM IST

Kabul: A remote-controlled bomb attached to a bicycle exploded on Friday as the vehicle of a provincial leader in southern Afghanistan drove by, killing two of his guards.

Amanullah Hotak, the head of the provincial council in Uruzgan province, said he escaped injury, but that two other bodyguards were injured in the blast as well.

"I was the target, but I`m safe and sound," he said.

The explosion occurred in Dihrawud district, a dangerous area in the south of the province.

NATO and Afghan forces have been routing insurgents from their strongholds in the south and the Taliban have retaliated with attacks against Afghan government officials and others aligned with the coalition.

Bureau Report