Tribal leader killed in southern Afghanistan

AP News
Posted: Dec 18, 2011 5:43 AM
Tribal leader killed in southern Afghanistan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai says an adviser to the minister of tribal and border affairs has been assassinated.

Abdul Baqi Raghbat, the former director of border and tribal affairs in Kandahar province, was killed Saturday by a gunman as he was walking in Kandahar city.

Karzai condemned the killing and said in a statement Sunday that Raghbat was targeted because he worked for the government.

Outnumbered on the battlefield, insurgents are conducting targeted attacks against officials aligned with the Afghan government and U.S.-led coalition,