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District council chief, son shot dead in S. Afghanistan

(Xinhua)

15:56, December 28, 2011

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- A district council chief and his son were shot dead late Tuesday by suspected militants in the southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, a local official said on Wednesday.

"Unknown armed men opened indiscriminate fire on the vehicle of Abdul Baqi, the district council chief of Musa Qala District, late Tuesday killing Baqi and his son on the spot," a spokesman for provincial government Daud Ahmadi told Xinhua on Wednesday morning.

He said Baqi was driving from district headquarters to home when the incident occurred in which his grandson was also seriously injured in the province with Lashkar Gah as its capital, some 555 km south of capital city of Kabul.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far. Afghan officials and pro-government figures have been repeatedly targeted by the militants since May this year when the Taliban insurgents launched a rebel offensive against Afghan government forces and NATO-led troops in insurgency-hit country.

The Taliban insurgent group, who also warned people against supporting government and foreign troops, has yet to make comments.

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