Unknown gunmen killed a deputy mayor of the southern Afghanistan city of Kandahar, where two troops were also killed in explosions, officials said Tuesday.
Noor Ahmad Nazari was en route home on Monday afternoon when two men on a motorcycle shot him, Zalmai Ayoubi, spokesman for the provincial governor of Kandahar, said, DPA reported.
Nazari succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday, Ayoubi said.
No group immediately took responsibility for the attack. Nazari's predecessor, Azizullah Yarmal, was killed in a similar attack in Kandahar city in April.
Two policemen were killed and nine others were injured Monday night in three explosions that took place in the centre of the Kandahar city minutes apart, Ayoubi said.
Thousands of Afghan and NATO forces are taking part in a major offensive in Kandahar aimed at driving insurgents out of their spiritual home.
Four NATO soldiers were also killed on Monday in the southern and eastern regions of the country. The year has already become the deadliest for foreign troops, with around 560 soldiers killed, since 2001 US-led invasion that toppled the Taliban government.