Roadside bomb strikes vehicle in Afghanistan, killing 2 local human rights workers

Afghan officials say two employees of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission were killed by a roadside bomb that struck their vehicle in the eastern Nangarhar province.

Commission spokesman Rafiullah Bedar said six other employees were wounded in the incident, which took place Monday morning as they were heading from their homes to the office.

Hazrat Hussain Mashreqiwal, spokesman for the provincial police chief of Nangarhar, says the vehicle was hit near the commission's office in the provincial capital, Jalalabad.

No one claimed the attack, but Bedar blamed it on Taliban insurgents.

The commission was established by the government to monitor and advise officials on human rights.