Seven killed in suicide attack in northern Afghanistan

09:44, May 29, 2011      

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Seven people including two senior police officers and three German soldiers were killed and nine others including provincial governor were injured as a suicide bomber targeted governor's office in northern Afghan province of Takhar's capital Taluqan city on Saturday, an official said.

"It was a suicide bombing in governor's office where a security meeting was underway at 04:30 p.m. local time as a result seven people including police chief of northern region General Mohammad Daud Daud, provincial police chief Shah Jahan Nuri and three German soldiers with the NATO-led troops were killed," spokesman for provincial administration Faizullah Tawhidi told Xinhua.

He added that nine people including provincial governor Abdul Jabbar Taqwa were injured.

Meanwhile, purported Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told media via telephone from unknown location claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that a Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up inside governor's office where a security meeting was being held.

Mujahid also insisted that Mohammad Daud and Shah Jahan Nuri were killed in the explosion.

Source: Xinhua
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