Suspected Taleban rebels have ambushed a convoy carrying the governor of Afghanistan's Ghazni province.
Governor Sher Alam was not harmed in the attack Saturday, but the resulting shootout left at least two attackers dead.
In a separate incident Saturday, Taleban fighters are also being blamed for killing the former governor of Ghazni province, Taj Mohammed Qari Baba. Three others, including Baba's bodyguard, were killed in the attack.
Meanwhile, officials say a roadside bomb attack has killed at least nine police officers. Authorities say the blast occurred Friday as police were transporting the bodies of four citizens of Macedonia kidnapped in the region a week ago by suspected Taleban rebels.
The four Macedonians, along with four Afghans who were abducted and later released, worked for a company that provided sanitation services at U.S. and Afghan military bases.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.