KABUL, Afghanistan — Seven Afghan security guards died Saturday when their car hit a roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan, while a gunman killed a district police chief in the region, police said.
The guards, who worked for a road construction company, hit the bomb in the Sarkano district of Kunar province, a mountainous area close to the border with Pakistan, said provincial police chief Gen. Abdul Jalal.
Also in Kunar, a gunman shot and killed the police chief of Chawkey district Friday night, Jalal said. One man was arrested in connection with the case, he said.
Last year was Afghanistan's most violent since the 2001 ouster of the Taliban. More than 6,500 people died in insurgency-related violence, according to an Associated Press count based on official figures.