Police Chief of the south-eastern Khost province Sayed Ahmad Babazai was killed in a roadside bomb explosion on Thursday. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Babazai's secretary and his bodyguard were also killed in the blast, as they were purportedly leading a military operation in the Nader Shah Kot district of Khost on late Thursday. Another bodyguard was injured.

Images filmed on Thursday show the explosion site, as well the funeral procession of the police chief.

"Unfortunately, the enemies of the religion and homeland and corrupt militants have targeted and killed our Afghan commander of Khost city," said Mohammad Halim Fidai, governor of Khost.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid announced on Twitter that the militant group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Earlier last week, the top US envoy urged the warring parties in the country to stop violence and reach a ceasefire.

Despite signing a peace agreement with Washington in February allowing a US troops withdrawal, the Taliban carried out several attacks and inflicted heavy losses on Afghan security forces in the past few months.

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