BLAST KILLS 4 INCLUDING ANTI-TERROR OFFICER IN N. AFGHAN TOWN

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KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, May 31 (Xinhua) — Four people including the anti-terror officer of Dasht-e-Archi district in Kunduz province 250 km north of capital Kabul was killed as his vehicle ran over a roadside bomb Thursday, a local official said.

“A mine planted by insurgents struck the vehicle of anti- terror chief of Dasht-e-Archi district at around 08:00 a.m. local time today killing four people including the anti-terror chief and three of his bodyguards,” district governor Shikh Sadudin told Xinhua.

It is the first time over the past one year that a ranking government official has been targeted in Dasht-e-Arch, the former stronghold of Taliban in Kunduz province.

However, Taliban militants fighting the government are yet to make comment.

(National News Agency – RSS – Nepal @ 2012)