Kabul: A roadside bomb killed a district police chief and a fellow policeman in eastern Afghanistan, while four civilians died in a similar incident earlier on Wednesday.

“Khoja Omari district police chief Abdul Hadi and another policeman were killed while two policemen were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in eastern Ghazni province at around midday,” Mohammad Ali Ahmadi, the deputy provincial governor, said.

The police chief was in his official vehicle and the unit was travelling from provincial capital Ghazni city when the blast took place along the main road, said the official.

On Wednesday morning, a bomb hidden in a hand cart was detonated by remote control, killing four civilians and injuring nine others in northern Faryab province, Naim Andarabi, the deputy provincial police chief, told Xinhua.

The war-torn country is due to take over the responsibility for its own security from foreign troops by the end of the year.