A local police chief and two bodyguards have been killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan.
Local officials said the police chief of Chora district of southern Uruzgan Province and two of his bodyguards were on patrol when the bomb struck their car overnight.
The province's police spokesman said all three died on the spot and their car was destroyed.
Violence has been escalating around Afghanistan as the spring fighting season has started.
Insurgent attacks usually drop during the harsh winter season.
Based on reporting by AP and dpa