Gunmen killed a provincial deputy governor and three others in an ambush in Afghanistan yesterday, officials said, as the Taliban carried out a spate of attacks across the country after launching their spring offensive.
Afghanistan's largest militant group announced the start of their new operation dubbed Al Khandaq on Wednesday, vowing to target US forces and their "internal supporters".
Qamaruddin Shekib, deputy governor for the restive Logar province near Kabul, his two bodyguards and another man were attacked as they drove towards the Afghan capital, provincial police spokesman Shapoor Ahmadzai told AFP.
The spokesman for the Logar governor and the chief of the provincial appeal court were also wounded in the attack that was claimed by the Taliban.
"Unknown armed men opened fire on their convoy," Hasibullah Stanikzai, head of the Logar provincial council, told AFP, confirming the deputy governor had died and several other people had been killed or wounded.
In a separate incident also claimed by the Taliban in the northern province of Kunduz, militants launched a pre-dawn raid on two military checkpoints in Dashte Archi district.