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Bomb blast kills border police chief in Kunar

AT-KABUL: A senior border police chief was killed in a bomb explosion in eastern Kunar province, a local official said Tuesday.

Provincial police chief Juma Gul Hemat confirmed that the 3rd brigade border police Gen. Wali Jan was killed in an explosion and saying “a magnetic bomb which was planted in the vehicle of the officer was exploded in the Dangam district late on Monday.”

No group including the Taliban insurgents have not claimed responsibility behind the incident.

Taliban insurgents frequently use Improvised Explosive Device (IED) as the weapon of their choice to target the Afghan security forces and the government officials.

The provincial police chief of Nangarhar province General Zarawar Zahid was killed in an explosion in early September.

Provincial governor’s spokesman Ataullah Khogyani confirmed the incident took place in Hesarak district after the mine planted near a check post was detonated.

The Taliban militants group claimed responsibility behind the incident and said Gen. Zahid was killed along with several other policemen in the attack.

Gen. Zahid is the second senior police official killed within the past one in the attacks claimed by the Taliban group.

The police chief of the second police district of Kabul city was killed in a coordinated suicide attack in Kabul city in September.

Nangarhar, on the border with Pakistan, has been the focus of repeated security operations in recent months. As well as a heavy Taliban presence, the province is also known as the main base for Islamic State in the country.

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