Roadside bomb kills Afghan chief, 3 bodyguards

A provincial spokesman says a roadside bomb has killed a district chief in eastern Afghanistan and three of his bodyguards.

Laghman provincial government spokesman Sarhadi Zewak says the government's top official in Alishang district was driving to a meeting when his car was blown up in the road. Zewak says it was not clear if the bomb had been remotely detonated or if the vehicle — a Toyota Corolla — had struck some sort of trigger.

Zewak says they believe district chief Faridullah Niazi was being directly targeted by insurgents.

Such targeted assassinations of people allied with the government or international forces have surged this year.

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