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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