Kabul: Gunmen have shot dead a senior
Afghan police intelligence chief, spraying his vehicle with
bullets as he was on his way home near Kabul, an official said
Mohammad Gul, director of the intelligence department
of Kabul`s counter crime police branch, was shot dead along
with one of his bodyguards late Wednesday, branch chief Sayed
Abdul Ghafar Sayedzada said.
The gunmen sprayed Gul`s vehicle with bullets near his
home in Paghman district, a picnic valley west of Kabul.
"We don`t know yet who were the attackers but we`re
investigating this," Sayedzada said.
Taliban militants have been blamed for similiar
assassinations but mostly in the lawless southern cities where
their insurgency against the government of President Hamid
Karzai is concentrated.
No group had claimed responsibility for the murder,
Targeted assassinations have become more frequent in
recent months, most notably in Kandahar city, capital of the
eponymous province the Taliban regard as their heartland.
Supplementing roadside bombs and suicide attacks,
assassinations have helped spread a blanket of fear over the
southern city as US-led forces build on operations aimed at
driving the Taliban from the region.
The US and NATO have 140,000 troops in Afghanistan
fighting the nine-year war, with another 10,000 due for
deployment, mostly in the south, in coming weeks.