Two local officials attacked in Afghanistan

Afghan soldiers inspect the wreckage of a car destroyed by a roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan’s Khogani District of Nangarhar Province. (File photo)

At least two local officials have come under attack in separate bomb explosions in the troubled southeastern and northern parts of Afghanistan, security sources say.

In the first attack, the chief of Darzaab District in the northern Jowzjan Province was injured in a bomb explosion.

Separately, the deputy governor of the southeastern Zabul Province was targeted in a similar assassination attempt.

Afghan officials say his convoy was hit by a remote-controlled bomb as he was heading to the adjacent Kandahar Province, but the official escaped unhurt.

No person or group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks. However, the Taliban militants are usually blamed for similar attacks.

Meanwhile, the Taliban militants, armed with light and heavy weapons, have surrounded Dolena District in the central Ghor Province. Local official say they are planning an attack in the volatile region.

Taliban militants recently announced the start of their annual “spring offensive” against US-led and Afghan forces, vowing a new wave of attacks across Afghanistan.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washingtonâ„¢s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity remains across the country despite the presence of thousands of foreign troops.


This article originally appeared on: Press TV