- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 26, 2010

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A bombing in western Afghanistan killed four Afghan policemen Tuesday, including a local police chief.

The bomb appeared to be targeting the top police official in Obe district and exploded as his vehicle drove past, said Naqib Arwen, a spokesman for the governor of Herat province, where the blast took place.

“It was a very strong explosion,” he said. “We are investigating, but our initial reports show that it was a remote-controlled bomb.”

Militants targeted another Afghan official Tuesday night in southwest Afghanistan.

Two gunmen wearing suicide bomb vests attacked the home of an intelligence official in Farah province, setting off a gunbattle in which a guard and the two assailants were killed.

The intelligence chief was not home at the time, said the police chief of Farah province, Gen. Mohammad Faqir Ahkir.

He said guards were suspicious of the attackers and fired on them, sparking a 15-minute gunbattle. A bullet detonated the explosives vest of one of the two attackers, killing them both and damaging several homes.

In eastern Afghanistan’s Logar province, a senior Taliban leader believed to have played a role in the kidnapping and subsequent murder of two U.S. sailors in July was captured along with two of his associates on Monday, according to NATO.

NATO said the leader also was responsible for attacks against the Shank military base and bombings in the Baraki Barak district of Logar province.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Jarod Newlove and Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin McNeley were driving through a dangerous part of eastern Afghanistan when they became involved in a fire fight on July 23. The bodies of both men eventually were recovered.

NATO also said one of its airstrikes on Monday killed a senior leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, who was serving as a Taliban chief in the northern Takhar province, where violence is on the rise.

The airstrike killed Qari Mahmad Umar, a bomb expert and trainer responsible for planting bombs in Takhar and Kunduz provinces.

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