TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - According to a councilman in western Farah province, Abdul Samad Salehi, the ambush took place in Anardara district as the convoy was heading to defuse a roadside bomb on Wednesday afternoon.
Shortly after the attack, other Taliban insurgents targeted and briefly overran the district police headquarters, setting off hours-long clashes, Salehi said.
Reinforcements arrived later and managed to wrest back control of the headquarters.
The resurgent Taliban, who have been active in the area and have launched large-scale attacks against Afghan security forces in Farah in the past, did not immediately comment on the attacks.
The insurgents have been staging near-daily attacks across Afghanistan even as they hold talks with a U.S. envoy tasked with finding a peaceful resolution to the 17-year war.
On Thursday in Kabul, a bomb meant to target the private Jahan University blew up apparently prematurely inside a campus bathroom, killing the suspected militant and wounding three students.
Basir Mujahid, spokesman for the Kabul police chief, said the blast took place around 10:30 a.m.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion but the Taliban and Islamic State militants have targeted schools and placed of education in the past.