Bomb kills Afghan district governor: Police

Khorsheed was driving to work when the IED blew up his vehicle.

Jalalabad: A Taliban-style bomb attack killed a district governor in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, police said.

Khorsheed, the governor of Dur Baba in Nangarhar province, was driving to work when the improvised-explosive device often used in insurgent attacks blew up his vehicle, said police spokesman Colonel Abdul Ghafour.

Like many Afghans, the official had only one name.

"The district governor has been martyred. Three other people, his driver and guards have been injured," Ghafour said.

He could not say who was behind the attack, but the tactics were typical of the Taliban, which has been waging an insurgency against the Western-backed government since the 2001 US-led invasion ousted them from power.

There are more than 150,000 international -- mostly American -- troops fighting in Afghanistan in an effort to quell the insurgency.

Bureau Report

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