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Suicide Bomber Kills 23 in Eastern Afghanistan

By VOA News
02 September 2009

A suicide bomber has detonated explosives in a crowd of government officials in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 23 people, including the country's deputy chief of intelligence.

The bombing occurred Wednesday morning at a mosque in the city of Mehtarlam in Laghman province, about 100 kilometers east of Kabul.

Authorities suspect intelligence official Abdullah Laghmani was the target of the attack.

A Taliban spokesman says the militant group was responsible for the bombing.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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