LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- A district police chief was killed following a Taliban attack in Helmand, southern Afghanistan late Saturday, the latest in a string of attacks against officials, the provincial governor office said Sunday.
"Police Chief Colonel Omar Jan Haqmal, head of Nad Ali district police department, was martyred following a clash and a subsequent bomb explosion in surrounding areas of Nad Ali late Saturday," it said in a statement.
The restive district is lying in west of Lashkar Gah city, capital of southern Helmand province.
The statement did not provide further information about the attack.
Helmand, notorious for poppy growing, is also a known Taliban stronghold.
The Taliban-led insurgency has been on the rampage since late April when the Taliban insurgents launched their annual rebel offensive and intensified attacks across the country.
On Thursday, a district police chief was killed in a roadside bombing in eastern Ghazni province.