KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A provincial official says four police officers guarding a mayor were killed when their convoy hit a roadside bomb in northern Afghanistan.
Abdul Marouf Rasekh, spokesman for the governor of Badakhshan province, says the incident occurred Tuesday in Barak district.
It's the latest in a surge of attacks across Afghanistan as U.S.-led foreign forces reduce their presence after years of battling the Taliban.
Nazer Mohammad Neyazi, mayor of Faiz Abad city, was the apparent target. He was returning from a visit to a road project when the blast hit the convoy.
The mayor was not hurt in the attack. One police officer was wounded.
Rasekh says Neyazi is a former military general and an influential provincial politician.
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