Sunday, May 29, 2011

A Taliban suicide bomber caused seven deaths in Afghanistan

Kabul .- Seven people, including two senior police officers were killed victims of Taliban suicide attacks recorded during a security meeting in northern Afghanistan, where NATO members were involved, officials said. Four Afghan police commanders, including the police commander for northern Iraq, General Mohammad Daud Daud, and three German soldiers have died in the suicide attack against the headquarters of the provincial government of Takhar in the north, by Faiz Mohammad Tawhidi, spokesman for the governor of the province.

The attack targeted a security meeting involving the commander for northern Afghanistan to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), which has survived the attack. "The commander of Regional Command North was in the complex and has not died in the explosion," said an ISAF spokesman, Major Tim James.

A total of ten people have been injured as well, including the governor of Takhar, Abdul Jabar Taqwa. Besides Daud, also died in the attack the police chief in the province of Takhar, Shah Jahan Nuri. The bomber managed to enter the building wearing a police uniform. A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Mujahid explained that the suicide bomber who carried the load inside the building when it held a security meeting and assured that there are still Taliban fighters in the building. "A suicide bomber detonated his explosives inside the governor's office in Takhar province, killing seven people and wounding nine others," he told EFE provincial spokesman, Mohamed Faiz Tauhidi.

"Among the dead are the chief of police of the northern region, General Daud Daud, and the police chief of Takhar, Shah Jahan Nori," he added Tauhidi, also said the provincial governor, Abdul Jabar Taqwa, was wounded in the attack. According to official sources consulted by EFE, a suicide bomber slipped into the governor's office in the provincial capital, Talucán, when there was a meeting of senior security officials, where he detonated the explosive charge he was carrying.

"A suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest inside the office, killing all together, including General Daud Daud, the police chief even northern Afghanistan, the Efe claimed a Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid. The meeting was attended by members of the NATO mission in the country, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), and a spokesman for the organization confirmed that there were "casualties" among his troops, without being specific.

Takhar, a province usually quiet and away from the main strongholds of the Taliban in the south and east, has seen an increase in violent activities in the past year, and ten days ago was the scene of intense protests. General Daud was a former mujahedeen commander who served for years as deputy interior minister before being appointed head of police forces to the north, an area away from the major insurgent strongholds in the south and east.

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