October 22, 2010 / 11:24 AM / 9 years ago

Bomb attack kills Afghan official in eastern province

KABUL (Reuters) - A roadside bomb killed a district governor and two of his aides in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province on Friday in the latest attack targeting a local government official, the Afghan Interior Ministry said.

Violence is at its worst level since the Taliban were toppled in 2001 by U.S.-led troops and later began their campaign to bring down the government of President Hamid Karzai and drive out thousands of foreign troops deployed in Afghanistan.

The bomb exploded as a car carrying the head of Dor Baba district and four others passed through a remote area bordering neighbouring Pakistan’s restive tribal belt, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

Two policemen were wounded in the attack, it said.

Earlier this month, a bomb in a mosque killed the provincial governor of Kunduz and a dozen others attending prayers, in the highest-profile assassination in over a year.

Roadside bombs or Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are by far the most lethal weapon deployed by insurgents and are responsible for most casualties among civilians and government and foreign troops.

Despite the presence of nearly 150,000 international troops under NATO and more than 200,000 Afghan army and police, security has deteriorated in many parts of Afghanistan, especially in the southern and eastern areas where insurgency is the strongest.

More than 2,000 foreign troops, mostly Americans, have been killed since the U.S.-led coalition and Afghan forces ousted the Taliban in the wake of the September 11 attacks on the United States.

(Editing by Sugita Katyal)

Reporting by Hamid Shalizi; Editing by Patrick Markey

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