Three persons including a police officer lost their lives as a roadside bomb planted by insurgents struck a vehicle in Taliban birthplace Kandahar in south Afghanistan, a local official said Sunday.
"Police chief of Registan district along with a police constable and a tribal elder were killed as a mine planted by Taliban struck their car on Saturday evening," district governor Abdul Ahad Khan told Xinhua.
Five more policemen sustained injuries, he added.
Kandahar has been the scene of Taliban-linked insurgency over the past couple of years.
In a related incident in Kandahar's neighboring Ghazni province a would-be suicide bomber attacked security forces Saturday evening but killed himself and caused no loss of life, provincial police chief Zarawar Zahid said.
Meantime, a joint operation of Afghan and NATO-led forces has been continuing in parts of Kandahar province since early September to ensure lasting peace there.