October 22nd, 2010
10:53 AM ET

District governor in Afghanistan is slain

A government official in eastern Afghanistan was killed in an IED attack Friday, officials said.

NATO's International Security Assistance said the district governor of Dur Baba in Nangarhar province was among the three people killed when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device.

The official is Khorshad Khan Khogianiwal.

There were conflicting reports about the incident. The spokesman of the governor of Nangarhar province, Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, told CNN that the district governor and a guard were killed and three others were wounded in the 8 a.m. blast.

"This is tragic and demonstrates that the insurgents have no interest in a peaceful country," said U.S. Army Col. Rafael Torres, ISAF spokesman.

"Our thoughts and concerns are with the families of the victims during this difficult time. ISAF will work with our Afghan partners to find those responsible and bring them to justice."

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  1. LarryKegel(US Army)

    It just shows we are protecting the wrong People!!! It should Be People like that We are there protecting... There aren't to many People like Him around there!!!

    October 28, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kent Hinchcliff, ILE Class 10-003, SGA

    Dur Baba is located 95 km east of Jalalabad city in Nangarhar Province, on the border with Pakistan. It is a major smuggling route and was a key supply route for weapons and ammunition for the mujaheddin during the Soviet occupation. During the Talban reign, and until recently, the district was controlled by Hizb e Islami (Hekmatyar), which is an insurgent group aligned with the Taliban, fighting against the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) and other coalition forces throughout the region. Hekmatyar supporters continue using Dur Baba as an infiltration route to smuggle weapons, explosive material, opium and money from the drug trade, and personnel to fight against the coalition forces in Afghanistan. The late district governor Khorshad Khan Khogianiwal represented GIRoA. As such he represented Karzai and his policy. It appears that Mr. Khogianiwal was doing his best to administer good governance and development in Dur Baba, which is something the people in Afghanistan crave. Because he was trying to magnify what he perceived to be his duty to his people and his country, he became a threat to the illicit activities Hekmatyar had previously exercised in Dur Baba. Since he was willing to serve the people of his country and support GIRoA policy he appears to have been targeted by Hekmatyar extremists. It is a shame that he is dead, and I hope the Karzai administration will replace him with someone who is fearless and will standup to the insurgents who try to rule through fear and intimidation.

    October 27, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Amen To That!!!

    October 27, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. LarryKegel(US Army)

    NATO (Sorry)

    October 25, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dindy.....sri lanka


    October 23, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Prophet Mohammed

      More Gibberish...

      October 25, 2010 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Reason

      More geomoetry

      October 25, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Maybe if NAO would be fighting with Afghanistan and Pakistan like the US is They wouldn't be messing up like They are!!!

      October 25, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dindy.....sri lanka

    In the Glorious QURAN PAGE 727 C133 .... SAYS ....
    ....The book of revelations gives straight
    Directions to make our lives straight
    To warn us against evil and guide us
    To the god everlasting....
    Teach the truth..
    The parable of the companions of the cave
    shows how God works wonders beyond..
    our fathoming how faith is a sure
    Refuge in ways we know not :how
    Time it self works God"s plan
    Before we know how it passes..
    How he can give us rest and raise
    us back to life against all odds
    And how futile it is to engage
    In controversies about matters we know not.
    God has never said to kill anyone if they have different faith or lack of knowledge about him.
    So where did these al queda got the authority to kill innocent ? where did Taliban get it???

    October 23, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • The Prophet Mohammed

      Pure Gibberish.

      October 25, 2010 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Reason


      October 25, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      The People of the Far Right of any Country see things different than how they are meant!!! So Why should They be any different???

      October 25, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      If you would leave out the 360 degree and 180 degree maybe Your post might make more sense!!! But I doubt it... I only understand Your religious Remarks!!!

      October 25, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dindy.....sri lanka

    GOD says he is not agreed with any Taliban or al queda the way they did behave on 9/11. The spirit of god says that he is going to wipe them out soon if they dont give up the radical way and come for discussion and build their countries for people's welfare.

    October 23, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Why didn't You say that in the first place!!!

      October 23, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dindy.....sri lanka


    October 23, 2010 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Why don't You try speaking English so People will understand what you are saying???

      October 23, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
      • Dindy.....sri lanka

        LARRYKEGAL....THANK YOU for telling my mistakes. English is not my first language. ours is Sinhalese . But I am trying my best.

        October 23, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dindy.....sri lanka

    some Pakis are really Jealous with Afghanistan.

    October 23, 2010 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dindy.....sri lanka

    Should not kill in 360 lands. Just cut noses, ears and what ever the parts more important to run away from dogs when they abuse

    October 23, 2010 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. Riza Afghan

    U.S should just attack on Pakistan or put pressure on them as much as U.S can to remove Taliban/Terrorists from Pakistan.
    Pakistan is the main country exporting Taliban/terrorists world wide.

    until Pakistan is there, no country on earth will live peacefully !


    October 23, 2010 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Why would You attack a Country that is fighting on Your side???

      October 23, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  12. Suker

    The headline should just read; Just another Friday in Afghanistan.

    October 22, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      GOD will stop Anyone that will try to change People from being His Religion... The Jews are the Only Ones that live by GODS Laws!!!

      October 23, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  13. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Then We have to start killing more of Them so that it will be to costly to keep killing Our People and Friends!!!

    October 22, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Prophet Mohammed

      Damn Catholics, right Idea, just didn't finish the job. Let's send the Catholics back in, either way win or lose we'll have one less religeon to worry about.

      October 23, 2010 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
    • The Prophet Mohammed

      Of course if the Catholics lose,.......well there might be a lot of Therapists out of work.

      October 23, 2010 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  14. Bishop4

    It doesn't help that all of the people NATO works with keep getting killed.

    October 22, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Gary Johndro

    This is terrible! It makes me want to cry myself to sleep.How are we going to get these people to collaborate with NATO with the Taliban knocking them off???

    October 22, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesse Cook

      That's a very good question,Johndro.

      October 22, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • the iron truth

      you just feed people with the clip from a propaganda media on eve of its climax prelude to the War on Terror. What you know about the origin of extremist...what fuel them with such hatred, what sort of believe come to such magnitude. Can you ever show a proof of Muslim terrorist backed before Wolrd war 1..if they any, please provide the evindent and facts...If there are non then try before and after the World war 3....the fall of Ottoman empire betray by own muslim moderate...then the devided of Palastine land without consus or even considering to discuss with muslim people that time...then comes the Isreal occupation over Palastine land....Muslim hardliner have so much given faith to the moderate muslim to solve the Isreal – Arab Conflict..after decade of negotiating...the brutality of Israel were seem blinded by western....they had enough....western preach democary bla bla yada yada...but on other hand ....trillion us dollar have been spend gain from these war on terror....Your kind of people feed the extremist with what intention of your souless conglomerate money greedy spin witches gain on this conflict....The western angenda is what makes Taliban now days...its never Allah..its never Islam..its never Muhamad the prophets....Just like making the movie...There is producer, there is director, there is a story line , they have cast and they have That Company...For once you should try let in the understanding of Islam is religion, faith and believe before putting it all the darkside of these terror...I dont agreed with Taliban at all..but dont ever ignored them ..some conflict can be seize without using fist....they should begin with peace...

      October 25, 2010 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |