Sun, 17 Jan 2021

QALAT, Afghanistan, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- At least two people were killed and 23 others wounded in an explosion, targeting a provincial council official in Afghanistan's southern Zabul province on Sunday, in the latest in a string of targeted attacks, a local official confirmed.

"A car packed with explosives was blown up early Sunday morning when a vehicle carrying Zabul Provincial Council Chief Ata Jan Haqbayan was passing by the area close to the provincial police office compound, leaving two people dead and 23 others wounded," Hekmat Kochay, provincial police chief, told Xinhua.

The killed included one of the provincial council chief's bodyguards and an elderly passerby man, he said, adding that Haqbayan did not get harmed in the attack.

"The death toll may rise as four of the injured people were in critical conditions," the police chief said.

The Sunday explosion was the second attack against the provincial council chief in recent months.

The provincial officials regarded the incident as a targeted attack by the Taliban militant group.

The group has conducted scores of targeted attacks against civilians and military officials in recent years as the armed outfit considers anyone working for government and NATO and U.S.-led troops as target.

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