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Afghan District Police Chief Killed

An Afghan police chief has been killed after two militants riding on motorcycles opened fire on his vehicle in western Afghanistan.

Abdul Ghani, police chief of Khak-e Safid district in Farah Province, was killed instantly outside his home late on May 17.

Provincial spokesman Abdul Rahman Zhawandai said that Ghani was rushed to hospital but was declared dead upon arrival.

Ghani had led an anti-Taliban campaign in Farah that had resulted in the killing or capture of several local Taliban leaders.

No one has assumed responsibility for the attack.

The Afghan Defense Ministry said in a statement that four Afghan army soldiers also died in Farah when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Bakwa district.

The attacks come as the Taliban has stepped up its attacks against international and Afghans security forces ahead of NATO’s pullout next year.

Afghan forces have assumed responsibility for security in most of the country, with foreign troops stepping back to an advisory role.

Based on reporting by AP and dpa