FAIZABAD, Afghanistan, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- The governor of the northern Afghan province of Badakhshan on Tuesday escaped a bomb attack which killed four of his bodyguards, said a provincial government spokesman.
"The bombing took place in Khairabad area of the Baharak district at midday when Governor Mohammad Nazir's two-vehicle motorcade was passing by the area. Nazir himself was unhurt but the powerful explosion killed his four bodyguards," Abdul Maruf Raseikh told Xinhua.
He said the killed were shifted to a hospital in provincial capital Faizabad, 315 km northeast of national capital Kabul.
Witnesses said the mayor was slightly wounded in the incident.
Recently, Afghan officials and pro-government figures have been repeatedly targeted by the militants as the Taliban insurgents intensified activities against government interest across the country. Up to 312 civilians were killed and 131 were wounded in targeted killings across the county in the first half of the year, official sources confirmed.
The relatively peaceful mountainous province is seeing Taliban- led violence in recent years. The Taliban insurgent group killed 16 Afghan soldiers earlier this year there in one attack.
An army division was dispatched to the province lately to help strength security forces to ensure the security there.