Nuristan governor dies in car crash

Politics Materials 6 September 2008 15:06 (UTC +04:00)
Nuristan governor dies in car crash

Afghanistan, Kabul, 6 September/ Trend corr. A.Hakimi/  The governor of the remote eastern province of Nuristan was among three people killed in a road crash on the Kabul-Jalalabad Highway Friday evening, officials said.  According to the Kabul based correspondent of Trend , governor Dr. Hazrat Din Noor (40) and two of his close confidants perished in the horrible accident that happened in the Mahipar Pass at about 5.30pm, a district chief confirmed.

Qazi Suleman, administrative head of the Sarobi district, said the governor's car rammed into a roadside mountain on its way to Jalalabad. Two of the governor's companions were critically wounded in the smash.

The car plunged into the river beneath the Mahipar Dam after ramming into the mountain, leaving Noor and two others dead on the spot, the Nangarhar Provincial Council head said.

According to Fazl-i-Hadi Muslimyar, the diver and a gubernatorial bodyguard were seriously injured in the road tragedy. "The dead bodies have been shifted to Jamoriat Hospital in Kabul," he added.

A former jihadi commander of Ittehad-i-Islami (now Dawat-i-Islami), led by Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf, Noor served as Afghan consul-general in Jeddah during the government of President Hamid Karzai. Having a good grasp of several languages, the governor obtained a PhD in Geology from a university in the United States of America. He also held the top provincial office during the Burhanuddin Rabbani-led administration.

Haji Sakhi, an erstwhile parliamentarian from the far-flung province, said Noor was born in 1968 in Titin village of the Nurgram district. The son of Alaf Din, he was educated in Russia, Saudi Arabia and the US.

Noor replaced Tamim Nuristani as governor a month and half ago after his predecessor excoriated NATO and coalition troops for mounting collateral killings in imprecise operations against Taliban and allied groups.

Nuristan governor dies in car cras.

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