Police inspect the destroyed vehicle of Nazyan district governor Noor Agha Kamran after it exploded in Jalalabad yesterday.
JALALABAD: A magnetic bomb attached to a district governor’s vehicle exploded in eastern Afghanistan yesterday, killing the governor and his bodyguard, provincial authorities said.
The attack in Nangarhar province highlights the security threat surrounding presidential elections in a month’s time, when voters will choose a successor to Hamid Karzai.
“Today 9.00am, a mine attached to the vehicle of Nazyan district governor Noor Agha Kamran was detonated in the city of Jalalabad,” Nangarhar police spokesman, Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal said. “Unfortunately, district governor Noor Agha Kamran was martyred along with his one bodyguard, and several passersby were wounded in the attack,” he added.
Nangarhar governor spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai said five bystanders were slightly wounded. They were discharged from the hospital after treatment.
In another attack in neighbouring Laghman province, four Afghan soldiers and two policemen were killed while defusing a roadside bomb.
“Today 8.00am, Afghan security forces went to the outskirts of Mehtarlam provincial capital to defuse a roadside bomb, and another bomb detonated,” Sarhadi Zwak, Laghman governor’s spokesman, said.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks but Taliban insurgents regularly use roadside bombs to target Afghan security forces and Nato-led US troops as part of their fight against Karzai’s US-backed government.
Nangarhar is one of the 34 provinces of Afghanistan in the east of the country. Its capital is the city of Jalalabad. The population of the province is 1,383,900, consisting of ethnic Pashtuns, Arabs, Pashais, Tajiks and others.