updated 11/4/2008 3:28:30 AM ET 2008-11-04T08:28:30

Two gunmen on a motorbike killed an intelligence agent in the southern city of Kandahar, an Afghan intelligence chief said on Tuesday.

Mohammad Qayum Katawazai, the intelligence chief in Kandahar, said the gunmen killed the agent Monday night as he was coming out of his home.

Katawazai said the agent was the deputy intelligence chief in charge of Kandahar city.

Taliban militants are extremely active in Kandahar province — the militia's former spiritual home. The insurgents frequently target Afghan government officials.

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