Roadside bomb kills 3 in southern Afghanistan

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Posted: Dec 14, 2011 5:19 AM
Roadside bomb kills 3 in southern Afghanistan

A roadside bombing has killed a local government official who was prominent in battling drug smuggling and two of his bodyguards in southern Afghanistan.

A spokesman for Helmand province, Daoud Ahmadi, says the Reg district chief was returning from a visit to a neighboring district when his vehicle struck the bomb.

The chief, Massoud Khan, had been meeting tribal elders and other officials of the Dishu district on efforts to curb drug trafficking,

Ahmadi says Wednesday's blast also wounded three other bodyguards who were traveling with Khan.