Afghan police commander killed by roadside bomb near checkpoint

A senior commander in one of Afghanistan's most dangerous provinces was killed by a Taliban bomb on Sunday, adding to a heavy toll of senior officers killed in recent days.

Zelawar Zahid, police commander in the eastern province of Nangarhar, was killed by a roadside explosive device near a checkpoint in Hesarak district, a spokesman for the local governor said.

His death follows last week's suicide attack on the defense ministry in Kabul, in which an army general and two senior police commanders died.

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