KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan police spokesman said a roadside bombing has killed the top government official of a district in western Farah province. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.
The spokesman, Iqbal Baher, said that Abdul Khaliq, the top official in the Khak-e-Safed district, died in the bombing near his home in the city of Farah, the provincial capital, on Tuesday.
He said Khaliq was on his way home from a mosque earlier in the morning when the explosion took place.
Taliban spokesman Qari Yusouf Ahmadi claimed responsibility for the attack in Farah city (Qari Yusouf Ahmadi spokesman for Rasoul/Zakir Taliban faction).
Taliban insurgents frequently use roadside bombs and suicide attacks to target government officials as well as Afghan security forces across the country.