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A bomb kills a district chief in Kandahar province

His two sons, ages 16 and 4, were killed as well, officials say

President Karzai says such attacks will only strengthen efforts toward peace

Kabul, Afghanistan CNN  — 

A terrorist attack in Afghanistan Thursday killed five people, including a government official and his two sons, officials said.

Haji Fazeludin Agha, chief of Panjwai district in southern Kandahar province, was killed, along with his two sons, ages 16 and 4, and two police officers, according to a statement by the presidential palace.

Another nine people were wounded, the statement said.

A bomber blew himself up in the attack on the Kandahar-Herat highway, the statement said.

President Hamid Karzai issued a statement saying the “enemies” of Afghanistan should understand that such attacks will not cause the country to give up efforts toward peace and reconstruction. Rather, such acts will “further strengthen them,” Karzai said.