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Suicide bomber targets Afghan security chief, 23 dead

RIA Novosti

14:36 02/09/2009 KABUL, September 2 (RIA Novosti) - At least 23 people, including a deputy intelligence head, were killed and some 35 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan's eastern Laghman province on Wednesday, a local police source told RIA Novosti.

The bombing occurred early Wednesday at a mosque in the regional capital, Mehtar Lim, on Wednesday morning as officials gathered at a local mosque, Zmarai Bashari said.

Among the dead is Abdullah Laghmani, the deputy head of Afghanistan's national security service, the head of the regional council and a top manager from the governor's office.

The incident area has been cordoned of by ISAF troops and Afghan army personnel.

Violence has surged in Afghanistan, with the radical Islamic Taliban group, toppled in a 2001 U.S.-led campaign, staging regular attacks on provincial government officials, police and troops. There were over 70 attacks across the country during the August 20 presidential polls.


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