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Afghan politician killed in police ambush

An Afghan parliamentarian from the northern Baghlan province has died in a shootout after police mistook him and his bodyguards for insurgents.

An Afghan parliamentarian died in a shootout Wednesday when police mistook him and his bodyguards for insurgents.

Mohammed Yunos Shirnagha, who was from the northern Baghlan province, was killed as he returned to his home around 2:30 a.m. local time, police said.

Officers had laid an ambush near the provincial capital of Pul-e-Khumri for insurgents expected to be moving a wounded Taliban commander. When Shirnagha's driver did not stop when ordered, the police opened fire.

Shirnagha's driver also died in the gunfire, and one friend was wounded.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai ordered an immediate investigation by the country's interior minister. The country's chief of counterterrorism was dispatched to investigate.

Shirnagha was a member of Afghan's upper house of parliament.