A roadside bomb blast Thursday morning killed Col. Muhammad Yousuf, police commander of northern Balkh province's Shortipa district, and one of his bodyguards, local officials said Thursday.
The blast happened around 9:00 AM when his car hit an improvised explosive device in the road of the district, Balkh police commander said.
Five others were wounded in the blast.
The local Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident, officials said, but no arrests had been made.
Shortipa is considered one of the secure districts in the north of Balkh without an active insurgency. It shares a border with neighboring Uzbekistan divided by the Amu Darya.
The blast comes the same day that Balkh officials said as many as 400 families from Balkh districts and Sar-e Pul province had fled to the capital Mazar-e-Sharif from their homes to escape the rising violence in the north.