Landmine kills 7 road construction workers (AFGHANISTAN)
Seven road construction workers were perished and three more injured in a landmine explosion while a former district chief was gunned down by armed men in the southeastern province of Paktika, officials said on Sunday.
Provincial police chief Brig. Gen. Sardar Muahammad Zazai told Pajhwok Afghan News the remote-controlled bomb blew up the vehicle carrying the labourers to their work site Sunday morning. Seven workers were killed and three more hurt in the attack, he said.
The labourers were employees of a local company working on the road between Orgun and Zherak districts, a tribal elder Syed Azam told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Ex-dist chief killed
A former district chief was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the same province last night.
Commander Masha, the then chief of Mata Khan district and former commander of Hezb-i-Islami, was gunned down while on way home from the market last evening.
Chief of the Paktika provincial council Haji Musa Jan Sherzai told Pajhwok Afghan News Masha and his father were commanders of Hezb-i-Islami of the former premier Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. No one has so far claimed responsibility for the killing.
Cops, ANA soldiers injured
Eight reserved policemen were injured in a landmine blast in Grishk district of southern Helmand province last night.
Brig. Gen. Muhammad Hussain Andiwal, police chief of the province, said the cops were on patrol when their vehicle was blown up with a remote-controlled bomb.
Taliban spokesman Qari Yousaf Ahmadi told Pajhwok over the telephone that several policemen were killed and injured in the blast.
The Defence Ministry, meanwhile, informed that five ANA soldiers had been injured in separate combat operations in Helmand and Kandahar provinces.
A statement from the ministry said the wounded soldiers had been shifted to hospitals and their condition was satisfactory.
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Von: Pajhwok Afghan News