‘Local Afghan police chief assassinated’


An Afghan policeman stands guard at the site of a suicide attack in Kunduz city on January 26, 2013.

A local Afghan police chief has been assassinated in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Kapisa, Press TV reports.

The unknown gunmen opened fire at Syed Mushtaq Sadat, the police chief of Hesa Duwum Kohistan district, near his home in Saha-e-Jamal area on Tuesday, officials say.

Kapisa provincial governor spokesperson Qais Qaderi said that five suspects have been arrested in relation to the deadly shooting.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

The wave of attacks has been rampant in war-torn Afghanistan during the past week.

On Saturday, 11 people were killed in a roadside bomb attack targeting an Afghan police truck packed with officers and detainees in the southern province of Kandahar.

Meanwhile, at least 10 policemen have lost their lives and 18 others sustained injuries wounded in a bomb attack carried out in northeastern city of Kunduz on the same day.

Militant groups always carry out deadly attacks against Afghan forces, foreign troops and civilians.

In the first six months of 2012, over 1,140 Afghan civilians were killed and around 2,000 were wounded, mostly by roadside bombs, according to statistics released by the United Nations. Thirty percent of the casualties were women and children.