Roadside bombing kills 5 in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A roadside bomb detonated by remote control killed five people Saturday in southern Afghanistan, including a former Afghan senator and tribal leader who worked to foster peace and development.

The ex-lawmaker, Khairo Jan, was riding in a vehicle with three Afghan policemen, who served as his bodyguards, and another tribal leader from the area when the bomb exploded on the road as they passed, said Fareed Ayal, a spokesman for the Uruzgan province police chief.

Jan is an elder of the Popalzai tribe, the same tribe that Afghan President Hamid Karzai is from.

The Uruzgan governor's office said Jan worked to unify residents of the province to help bring peace to Afghanistan.

Ayal said the blast occurred about 1:30 p.m. local time about six kilometers (four miles) south of the provincial capital of Tirin Kot.

In the east, a NATO service member died Saturday as a result of a non-battle related injury, the international military coalition said. No other details were released.

On Friday, an Afghan civilian was killed when a NATO vehicle collided with another driven by a local resident in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, the alliance said. The person killed was a passenger in the civilian vehicle. The international military coalition and Afghan officials are investigating the incident.

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