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Two Afghan Police Chiefs Killed In Separate Attacks

13 July 2004 -- Suspected Taliban fighters have killed two local Afghan police chiefs in the past day in separate incidents.

Khalid Pashtun, a spokesman for the governor of Kandahar Province, said that Taliban militants attacked and set fire to a district police headquarters last night, killing the local police chief.

In Ghazni Province, a police chief and his driver were killed today in a suspected Taliban ambush.

The incidents are the latest in a wave of violence in Afghanistan tied to loyalists of the ousted Taliban regime.

On 11 July, at least five people were killed in a bomb attack in the western city of Herat. Police in Herat Province today said they have detained three men suspected of masterminding the attack.

In another incident, a senior Afghan commander, General Khial Baz, said a mine exploded near his car late yesterday, but he escaped uninjured.

(compiled from wire reports)