Senior provincial official, three others killed in Afghanistan
A senior member of a provincial council and three others were killed in separate attacks in eastern and northern Afghanistan on Sunday, officials said.
Abdulah Ahmadzai, senior secretary for the provincial council of the eastern province of Logar, was killed in an ambush along with two others, a spokesman for the provincial governor said, dpa reported.
"Ahmadzai's brother and cousin were also among the dead. They were on the way to the office when they came under attack," he said, blaming the "enemies of Afghanistan" for the incident, a term often used by officials to describe Taliban militants.
A Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, took responsibility for the attack, saying Taliban fighters had killed three people including the provincial council secretary.
Afghan government officials and tribal elders have long been targeted by Taliban-led insurgents throughout the country.
Meanwhile, an explosive-laden bicycle was remotely blown up in a busy market in Taleqan, the provincial capital of the northern province of Takhar on Sunday, a spokesman for the provincial governor said.
One civilian was killed and another injured. No group took responsibility for the attack.
Taliban insurgents, who have upped their activities in recent months, heavily rely on the use of roadside bombs and explosive devices.
Separately, a suicide bomber on Sunday became the sole victim in an incident in the western province of Ghor when his bomb went off, a provincial official said.
Afghan security forces had cordoned off the house in the provincial capital Chaghcharan where the Arab suicide bomber was hiding when he detonated his explosives, the official said.
The attacks came a day after two suicide bombers stormed police headquarters in the south-eastern province of Paktika, leaving 13 policemen dead.
Violence last week in the war-torn country left 33 civilians dead and 79 injured, the interior ministry said on Sunday.