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Bomb Kills Local Afghan Official, Peace Council Member

A district mayor, a local peace-council official, and three others have been killed in a roadside-bomb attack in Afghanistan's northern Takhar Province.

Ishkamesh district Mayor Abdul Aziz, Takhar High Peace Council (HPC) member Haji Hashim, and three others were killed as their car was heading to the provincial capital, Taloqan.

Local officials blamed the bombing on Taliban insurgents.

Also on August 13, insurgents attacked the convoy of the Ishkamesh district police chief and another local official, but the insurgents fled after a gun battle and neither official was injured.

The central government in Kabul set up the HPC to facilitate peace with the Taliban.

In September 2011, HPC head and former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani was killed in Kabul by a man posing as a Taliban peace envoy.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP

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