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PublishDate: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 12:00

Explosion kills mayor, 4 guards in Laghman

(Xinhua)_Mohammad Rahim, the mayor of Mehtarlamcity, capital of eastern Afghan province of Laghman, was killed along with his four guards in an explosion Monday, an official said.
"It occurred at around 10:30 (0600 GMT) when the vehicle of the mayor hit a roadside bomb in Mehtarlam city killing the five on board," provincial administration spokesman Syed Ahmad Safi said.
No group or individuals have yet to claim responsibility while Taliban militants have vowed to intensify their attacks against interests of government mostly in the shape of roadside bombs and suicide attacks.
Skirmishes and Taliban-linked insurgency claimed the lives of more than 5,000 people with some 2,000 civilians in 2008 while the violence is expected to go up in the post- Taliban country in 2009.

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