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Afghan Electoral Official Gunned Down

At least one gunman on a motorcycle has killed the head of the Independent Election Commission in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province just days after candidate nominations opened for April elections.

Amanullah Aman died in the hospital on Wednesday, shortly after the shooting in Kunduz city, according to local officials. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack -- the first since the start of the campaign season.

Kunduz province has seen growing insurgent activity as the Taliban tries to reassert its power ahead of next year's exit of NATO-led forces.

Monday marked the start of the registration period for electoral candidates. The April 5 vote is seen as a key test of Afghanistan's government as Western troops finish their drawdown of forces next year.