Security officials say suspected Taleban rebels ambushed and killed an Afghan government official in an area bordering Pakistan.

Police say the official, Mohammed Zahir, was attacked Tuesday in the town of Paktia.

In the exchange of fire, Zahir and one of the attackers were fatally shot and at least one other militant was wounded.

Paktia has been the scene of regular violence linked to Taleban militants.

Taleban fighters have recently stepped up attacks on Afghan government forces in southern and eastern regions.

The Taleban was ousted from power in Afghanistan by U.S.-led forces in late 2001. The U.S. led the invasion after the fundamentalist regime refused to hand over al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.