Local Afghan government officials killed in south

Insurgents have responded to heavy pressure from US, NATO forces by targeting Afghan officials.

Kabul: A local government official has been assassinated in southern Afghanistan — the third official killed in Helmand province in a week.

The governor`s office in Helmand says two gunmen on a motorcycle fired at a member of the Nawa district council on Tuesday evening in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital. The councilman was rushed to a hospital but died of his wounds.

Insurgents have responded to heavy pressure from US and NATO coalition forces by targeting officials and others aligned with the Afghan government.

In two incidents on Sunday, militants killed a councilman and chief prosecutor from Gereskh district.

On Friday, a man with a bomb hidden in his turban blew himself up outside the Helmand governor`s compound. One policeman was injured in the blast.

Bureau Report

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