Roadside bomb kills south Afghan police chief

November 7, 2011 - 12:40 AM
Afghanistan Eid al-Adha

Afghan children enjoy a swing ride set up in a cemetery on the second day of the Eid al-Adha in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Nov. 7, 2011. The Eid al-Adha is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God.(AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Police say a roadside bomb has killed a district police chief in restive southern Afghanistan and his two bodyguards.

Helmand province police chief Mohammad Hakim Angar said on Monday that Mohammad Saifullah, the police chief in the province's Garm Ser district, was killed when a roadside bomb detonated as he and two of his bodyguards were driving by on Sunday night.

Helmand is one of Afghanistan's most violent provinces and sits in the heart of the Taliban's traditional stronghold in the south.

Security responsibilities in the province's capital have already been handed over to Afghan forces by NATO while two other districts in the province are being recommended for an upcoming second phase of handovers. Garm Ser is not among them.