- Associated Press - Sunday, April 1, 2012

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A remote-controlled bomb in southern Afghanistan killed a police official Sunday who had survived multiple previous attempts on his life, police said.

Toor Jan, an officer in charge of several checkpoints in Uruzgan province’s capital, Tarin Kot, died along with one of his bodyguards when their vehicle passed through an area where explosives had been planted, said Fareed Ayal, a spokesman for the provincial police chief.

Taliban and other insurgents frequently target local officials to undermine the Kabul government’s authority.

On Saturday, a roadside bomb killed two local council members and an Afghan policeman in Gizab district of Uruzgan province, Mr. Ayal said.

He said two other council members were wounded when their car hit a second bomb nearby.

Associated Press writer Mirwais Khan in Kandahar, Afghanistan, contributed to this report.



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