Afghan governor among 9 killed by suicide attack

Afghanistan National Army special forces move the body of a Taliban fighter in the Gozara district of Herat province on August 30, 2013. Eight Taliban fighters including a Taliban commander were killed and one special forces soldier wounded after an early morning attack.

Kabul, Aug 30 (EFE) — At least nine people died, including a district governor, and 11 were wounded in a suicide attack Friday in front of a mosque in the northern province of Kunduz, an Afghan police spokesman told Efe.

The assailant detonated explosives he was carrying inside his vest when Dasht-e-Archi district chief Sheik Sadruddin walked past as he was leaving the mosque.

The other fatalities were Sadruddin's two bodyguards and six civilians, police spokesman Sarwar Hussaini said.

The wounded were taken to a hospital by security forces; most were in critical condition, Hussaini said.

Friday's bombing came less than 48 hours after a Taliban assault on a joint US-Polish base and Afghan government compound in the eastern province of Ghazni left 29 people dead and 62 wounded.

The injured included 10 Polish soldiers serving with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, though an increasing number of victims in these attacks tend to be civilians and Afghan police, while the number of casualties among international troops is declining.

ISAF combat troops are in a full process of withdrawal from Afghanistan and are gradually transferring responsibility for security to the Afghan police and army.

The NATO pullout will conclude in 2014 according to current plans, though the international community is considering whether to maintain a certain military presence on Afghan soil after that date.