insurgents Sunday ambushed a convoy of police vehicles in a
militant hotbed in central Afghanistan, killing a district
police chief, an official said.
Mohammad Nabi Patang, the police chief of Ghazni
province`s Andar district, was travelling to the provincial
capital, also called Ghazni, when his convoy was attacked,
provincial governor Mohammad Musa Akbarzada told a news agency.
"The police chief, Patang, was martyred and one of his
guards was badly injured," the governor said. He blamed the
attack on the "armed opposition," a term Afghan officials use
to refer to the Taliban.
"After ambushing him, which resulted in his death, the
attackers left the area. His body was brought to the city
hospital," he said.
Ghazni, on the road from Kabul to the southern province
of Kandahar, experiences regular Taliban violence. The highway
through the historic city is one of the most troubled
stretches of road in insurgency-hit Afghanistan.