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Afghan District Head Killed In Taliban Bomb Attack

A car destroyed by a roadside explosion in Nangarhar Province, November, 2013.
Officials in Afghanistan say a district chief has been killed by a bomb placed in his car.

Noor Agha Kamran, head of the Nazran district of Nangarhar Province, was reportedly killed in the blast in the city of Jalalabad on March 8.

The Taliban has reportedly assumed responsibility for the attack, in which two of Kamran's bodyguards and four bystanders were injured.

On the same day, six Afghan security force members were killed and two were injured by a roadside-bomb explosion outside Mihterlam, the capital of Laghman Province, officials said.

The dead included four soldiers and two police officers.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for that attack as well.

In a month, Afghanistan will hold a presidential election to choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP