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Afghanistan – car bomb kills intelligence official; two NATO service members killed

Kabul, Aug 4 (): A Member of Afghan security service in northern Kunduz province has been assassinated. A car bomb killed the intelligence official from Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz city on Thursday morning, a spokesman for the local police chief said.

Three children were also wounded by the blast from the device planted in the car of Payenda Khan, head of a security district in Kunduz city, Sarwar Husaini said.

Khan was killed in the Afghan district of Bander Khanabad, and the Taliban has claimed responsibility for attack. His death is latest in a series of high-level officials who have recently been killed across the country.

The most high-profile strike occurred in July when the Taliban also claimed responsibility for the death of the president’s half-brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai.

Last week, militants stormed the compound of the governor of Afghanistan’s Uruzgan province. 19 people were killed and 37 wounded, including three police officers, in that attack. The governor, Muhammad Omar Shirzad, managed to escape after being surrounded by security guards, while a gun battle raged for several hours.

Today’s attack comes just two days after three security guards were killed in a suicide bombing in Kunduz city.

Kunduz province was once a relatively quiet part of the country but has become more unstable in recent months.

In June three civilians were killed and 11 others wounded in a suicide car bomb attack on a German military convoy near Kunduz city. The Taliban said they carried out the attack. During the same month, three policemen died after a suicide bomber blew himself up near a mosque in Kunduz.

Elsewhere Thursday, two NATO service members were killed in eastern Afghanistan, according to an International Security Assistance Force statement.

One soldier was killed when a man wearing an Afghan National Police uniform turned his weapon against the service member. The second person died from a separate insurgent attack, NATO reported.