Afghan prosecutor killed by sticky bomb attached to his car in volatile northern province

A district attorney in an increasingly volatile northern province in Afghanistan was killed on Thursday by a sticky bomb that was attached to his car, an Afghan official said.

The bomb went off while Hamidullah Khan, a prosecutor in Shirin Tagab, a district near the border with Turkmenistan, was on his way to work, said Baryalay Basharyar, the deputy police chief in Faryab province.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, though Basharyar blamed the Taliban.

Judicial officials have come under increasing attacks by Taliban insurgents, who are fighting to overthrow the government. Suicide bombers attacked Justice Ministry employees in Kabul at least three times in recent months.

Also on Thursday, officials said that floods had killed three people and caused severe damage to farming land in northern Jawzjan province.

Abdul Manan Raoufi, the spokesman for the provincial police chief, said the floods earlier this week had also destroyed some home and hundreds of livestock.