Afghan provincial governor succumbs to injuries

09:45, May 29, 2011      

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The governor of northern Afghanistan' s Takhar province died of injuries inflicted in a suicide bomb attack on his office on Saturday.

"Abdul Jabbar Taqwa succumbed to injuries this evening in hospital," Syed Ahmad, a doctor in the provincial capital Taluqan city told Xinhua.

Earlier spokesman for Takhar provincial administration Faizullah Tawhidi confirmed seven people including two senior police officers and three German soldiers with the NATO-led troops were killed and nine people including the provincial governor were wounded as a suicide bomber blew himself up in governor's office.

Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack which left seven people including provincial police chief Shah Jahan Nuri and commander of police in northern Afghanistan General Mohammad Daud Daud dead on the spot.

Nine people were injured, some of them in critical condition, doctor Ahmad asserted.

Taliban militants fighting Afghan and NATO-led troops have intensified attacks since they launched spring offensive from May 1.

Source: Xinhua
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