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Explosion kills Afghan governor in western province
February 07, 2017
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KABUL: An Afghan district governor was killed in an explosion in Farah province, a senior official said on Tuesday.

"Abdul Khaliq Noorzai, governor of Khak-e-Safed district was killed following an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion late Monday," the official told Xinhua news agency.

The attack occurred near Noorzai's house as he was leaving for a mosque to attend night prayers.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility, the official added.

An Afghan police spokesman says a roadside bombing has killed the top government official of a district in western Farah province. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

The spokesman, Iqbal Baher, says that Abdul Khaliq, the top official in the Khak-e-Safed district, died in the bombing near his home in the city of Farah, the provincial capital, on Tuesday.

He says Khaliq was on his way home from a mosque earlier in the morning when the explosion took place.

Taliban spokesman Qari Yusouf Ahmadi claimed responsibility for the attack in Farah city.

Taliban insurgents frequently use roadside bombs and suicide attacks to target government officials as well as Afghan security forces across the country.

Agencies

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