Afghan Security Head Killed In Explosion

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KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 4 (UPI) — An explosion Thursday in Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz province killed the district security head and wounded three children, authorities said.

The victim was Payenda Khan, head of the area’s National Directorate of Security, provincial council chief Mahbobullah Mahbob told CNN.

The incident occurred in Bander Khanabad district and the Taliban claimed responsibility, the report said. Other details were not immediately available.

There have been a number of killings of high-profile people or high-level officials lately in the country and Khan became the latest victim of the violence.

Last month, Ahmed Wali Karzai, the half-brother was Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the provincial chief of Kandahar, was shot and killed by his security guard.

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