Kandahar, Jan 29 (Agencies): In yet another blow to peace efforts in war-torn Afghanistan, deputy Governor of Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar was killed by a suicide bomber on Saturday.

"Deputy Governor Abdul Latif Ashna had just left his home and was on his way to his office when a suicide bomber on a motorcycle blew himself up near his vehicle," said Kandahar Governor Tooryalai Wesa.

Among those injured include one of his bodyguards, driver apart from two passers-by, he added. A fifth person was slightly hurt and did not need hospital treatment.

"This is the work of enemies of Afghanistan, the Taliban. They kill anyone who is working for Afghanistan's future, to rebuild the country," the Governor added.

Taliban took responsibility for the attack.

"One of our jihadists... blew up his motorcycle near the vehicle of Abdul Latif Ashna, the Deputy Governor of Kandahar, killing the Deputy Governor and wounding his driver and four of his bodyguards. There were no civilian victims," a Taliban spokesperson told agencies.

Ashna, a trained engineer, had been on the position of Deputy Governor since April 2010. He previously worked for UN Habitat, before teaching at Kandahar University. He also headed the provincial branch of the Ministry of Rural Development.

Kandahar, the birthplace of Taliban leader Mullah Omar, is at the heart of a nine-year insurgency by the Islamist militants who were toppled from government by a US-led invasion after the September 11 attacks.

Saturday's attack came a day after a suicide bomber blew himself up in a central Kabul supermarket popular with Westerners, killing at least eight people, including three foreign women.