From the Taipei Times:
Suspected Taliban insurgents ambushed an influential former governor in an Afghan city yesterday, shooting him dead along with his bodyguard and three others, police said.
Militants used AK-47 assault rifles to shoot at a car carrying the ex-governor, Taj Mohammed Qari Baba, near his home in eastern city of Ghazni, said Ali Ahmad, the chief of the provincial police force’s criminal investigation department.
Two of the dead were relatives of the ex-governor and one was his driver, he said.
Baba was a powerful supporter of the government in Ghazni. He twice served as the province’s governor — between 1992 and 1995, and then in 2002, after the Taliban was ousted months earlier. Prior to that, he was a commander in the mujahidin fighting Soviet occupying forces in the 1980s.
Baba, who was believed to have been in his 60s, was a vocal supporter of the US-backed government and a critic of the Taliban…