14 Die in suicide attack against Afghanistan official

Kabul, May 20 (EFE).- At least 14 people including a senior official died Monday in a suicide attack against government buildings in Pul-e-Khumri, capital of the northern Afghan province of Baghlan, police told Efe.

Mohammad Rasul Mohsini, chairman of the provincial council, died in the attack together with five of his bodyguards and eight civilians, while another 11 people were wounded.

The terrorist, who arrived on foot, detonated the bombs he was carrying in front of the provincial council building, the Baghlan chief of police, Javid Bashara, told Efe.

An official, who preferred to remain anonymous, told Efe that the terrorist wore an Afghan police uniform and attacked Mohsini's car in front of the provincial government building.

Though no group has been blamed for the bombing, it is the Taliban who usually resort to suicide attacks in their fight to bring down the Afghan government, force international troops deployed in the country to leave, and install a radical Islamist regime in the country.

Troops of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in mid-2011 began a gradual withdrawal and the tranferral of security responsibilities to the Afghan army and police.

The process should be concluded in 2014, if the operation goes as planned.