Afghan mayor among 35 killed in latest violence

March 31st, 2009 - 11:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Taliban Kabul, March 31 (DPA) An Afghan provincial mayor was killed in a roadside bomb blast in eastern Afghanistan, while 34 suspected Taliban militants were killed in separate clashes and blasts elsewhere in the country, officials said Tuesday.
A remote-controlled roadside bomb was detonated on the outskirts of Khost city, the capital for the province of the same name, Tuesday afternoon when the provincial mayor was on his way home, Hamidullah Qalandarzai, the provincial governor said.

“Khost city’s mayor, Amirullah Sakhi, was killed when the enemies of Afghanistan detonated a remote-controlled mine under his vehicle,” Qalandarzai said.

Sakhi’s driver and bodyguard were wounded, along with three civilians who were passing by at the time of the blast.

“The attack was a desperate act of the enemies, who can’t stand against the Afghan forces and our international military allies in conventional war,” Sakhi said.

Meanwhile, Afghan police forces killed 30 Taliban militants and wounded 17 others in an operation in southern Uruzgan province, the Afghan interior ministry said in a tatement.

The operation started Monday and continued until Tuesday morning, the statement said, adding that several rifles and ammunition were seized by the Afghan forces.

Four policemen were also wounded, Mohammad Gulab Wardak, the deputy provincial police chief said. He added that Mullah Yaqoub, a rebel commander, was also among the dead militants.

Another roadside bomb hit a coalition vehicle in Sabari district, also in Khost province, Tuesday. But it caused no casualties, Qalandarzai said.

The US-led coalition forces also claimed in a statement that their forces killed one militant and detained 12 others in an operation in Besmil district of Khost province Tuesday.

Khost lies on the border with neighbouring Pakistan, from where Taliban forces often cross the border and attack Afghan and international forces in the province.

The militant group were responsible for nearly 2,000 roadside bombings and more than 120 suicide attacks last year.

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