Afghan official: Gunmen kill provincial intelligence officer

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – An Afghan official said unidentified gunmen killed a deputy intelligence director for northern Baghlan province.

The provincial official says Abdul Ghafour Mahmoud was shot yesterday while travelling to the capital, Kabul, and another intelligence agent was wounded. The official spoke anonymously because he was not authorised to speak to the media.

He said the attack took place on the outskirts of Baghlan’s provincial capital, Puli Khumri, and an investigation is underway. He says it’s still unclear if one or more gunmen carried out the attack before fleeing the scene.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the shooting, but provincial officials blamed Taleban insurgents who are active in the province and have repeatedly targetted government officials and Afghan security forces.