Kabul: An Afghan district governor and three
of his guards were killed today when their vehicle was blown
up in a Taliban roadside bomb in the east of the country, an
Asil Khan Khogyani, the governor of Sherzad district in
Nangarhar province, was killed along with his guards while
driving to work in the troubled region, said Ahmad Zia
Abdulzai, the provincial administration spokesman.
"Asil Khan was killed in a roadside bomb attack. Three of
his guards, one of them also driving the car, were also
killed," he added.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed, contacting AFP from
an undisclosed location, said the insurgent group was
"In a bomb attack, the Sherzad district governor was
murdered today," he said.
Roadside bombs are the most commonly used weapon of the
Taliban and are responsible for the bulk of military deaths in
the US-led coalition force and Afghan security forces.
The home-made devices are placed on dirt roads used by
Afghan and foreign military forces and are often detonated