Afghan police say a remote-controlled bomb has killed the governor of eastern Logar province and three others.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for Saturday's attack
in the town of Paghman, about 20 kilometers from Afghanistan's capital,
Kabul. It killed Governor Abdullah Wardak, his driver and two
A local police official, General Mustafa Khan Wardak
was in his vehicle and on his way to work, when the bomb exploded near
his home. Police say this was the second assassination attempt against
the Logar governor in recent months.
Wardak was a former cabinet minster in President Hamid Karzai's
government and led Afghan forces alongside U.S. troops during the
invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.
He is the second Afghan governor to be assassinated in recent years.
On Friday, the governor of Farah province said 10 militants and five
Afghan guards were killed when Taliban militants attacked a U.S.
security firm convoy. Authorities believe three guards were abducted
following the clash.
And NATO said an alliance soldier was killed in Helmand province Friday.
In other developments, Afghanistan's Interior Ministry said three men
were arrested for allegedly giving false information to international
troops, leading to U.S. air strikes that killed civilians in Azizabad
village last month.
Afghan and U.N. officials say the strikes killed 90 civilians, most of
them children. The U.S. has said between five and seven civilians were
killed, but has since agreed to review its investigation.