Overseas Civilian Contractors

News and issues relating to Civilian Contractors working Overseas

Suicide bomber kills deputy governor of Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan

By Rahim Faiez at The Canadian Press

KABUL — A suicide bomber riding a motorcycle packed with explosives rammed into a car carrying the deputy governor of Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province on Saturday, killing him and wounding three of his bodyguards, the Interior Ministry said.

The attacker struck as the official, Abdul Latif Ashna, was being driven to work in the provincial capital, said a ministry spokesman, Zemeri Bashary.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. In a text message to reporters, Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef said the suicide bomber killed the deputy governor as well as three of his body guards and his driver.

U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Karl Eikenberry, who was travelling in Kandahar, and Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the assassination.

Kandahar, located in the Taliban’s traditional southern stronghold, has been the scene of several attacks recently. Two weeks ago a bicycle bomb targeting police vehicles near the city centre wounded at least 10 people — six civilians and four police. Last month, a suicide car bombing in the city centre killed three people and wounded 26 others, most of them police

Please read the entire report here

January 29, 2011 - Posted by | Afghanistan, Safety and Security Issues | , , ,

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: