Afghan governor killed in attack on Eid day

2013-10-15 07:04:56 | Al Muslim News
 Afghan governor killed in attack on Eid day

 

A bomb hidden in a microphone killed an Afghan provincial governor Tuesday as he made a speech at a mosque after Eid prayers in Logar, close to the capital Kabul, officials said. “This morning, governor Arsala Jamal was delivering a speech after Eid prayers when he was killed by a bomb planted in the microphone,” Logar provincial governor spokesman Din Mohammad Darwish told AFP. “The governor wanted to speak and congratulate everyone on the occasion of Eid. At least 18 other people have been wounded, including civilians and government employees.” Jamal was appointed by President Hamid Karzai, like all 34 provincial governors, and he was seen as a close ally of the president, who will leave office next year. Jamal only took up the Logar job in April after serving as governor of Khost, on the border with Pakistan. Volatile Logar, which lies to the south of the Afghan capital, is seen as a key strategic region, often described as a “gateway to Kabul” for Taliban militants based in strongholds across the south and east. No group claimed immediate responsibility for the blast, though Taliban militants often target provincial government officials as well as Afghan soldiers and police. Mohammad Jan Abid, head of the criminal investigative department in Logar, confirmed the bombing and said a probe would be launched. Security in Logar has deteriorated in recent years with the Taliban holding sway in some areas despite sustained Afghan and U.S. military pressure..

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