Mine explosion kills police, district chief in E. Afghanistan
One mine went off unexpectedly during a mine defusing mission in Afghanistan's eastern province of Paktika, killing the chief and police chief of Shah Khil district on Saturday, an official said on Sunday, Xinhua reported.
"Police uncovered two mines in Shah Khil district and was defusing them when one of them suddenly blew up, as a result, Shir Ali the district chief and one police constable were killed on the spot," provincial police chief Daulat Khan Zadran told Xinhua.
Zadran added that the district police chief later died of wounds sustained in the incident.
Despite the presence of over 100,000 of U.S. and NATO forces in the post-Taliban country, the Taliban-led insurgency has reached its worst level of the eight years war while U.S. President Barack Obama is considering a request of his top commander in Afghanistan for up to 40,000 more troops.