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District governor killed in attack 3 cops injured in back-to-back explosions

15 August, 2012

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KUNDUZ/LASHKARGAH: A district governor was killed along with his three guards in a Taliban attack in Baharak district in Badakhshan province Tuesday.

The Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) their fighters attacked Afghan security forces in Bandra area, Baharak district, Badakhshan province. He claimed five persons were killed and two more injured in the attack.

He said the dead included the governor of Shaghnan district, Saifullah Sadiqi and four police personnel. A vehicle of the Afghan forces was also destroyed in the attack, he added.

Meanwhile, the Badakhshan Governor's spokesman Abdul Maroof Rasikhi confirmed the incident.

He, however, did not give any details.

A high-rankingsecurity official in Badakhshan, wishing not to be named, told the AIP that the governor of Shaghnan district, Saifullah Sadiqi, was killed along with his three companions in the attack.

Meanwhile, at least three police were injured in two back-to-back explosions in the limits of Lashkargah, capital of southern Helmand province, last night, police said Tuesday.

A low intensity explosion happened at approximately 11:00 P.M. in Karta Lagan area of the provincial capital, said Farid Ahmad Farhang, spokesman for Helmand police.

He told Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) another bomb also went off in the same area as soon as police arrived at site of the earlier blast, leaving three police wounded.

He said the injured were taken to hospital and were stated be in stable condition.

A resident of provincial capital, however, said both the blasts were heavy and heard in every nook and corner of the town.

He said the bombs might have been planted by armed opponents in the darkness of the night as police are manning the site during daytime.

Meanwhile, the rising incidents of insecurity in the provincial capital have spread concern among the local residents.

They urged government to take immediate step for maintaining security on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr.

There was no claim of responsibility.

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