Suicide car bomb targets Afghan governor, kills 8

Suicide car bomb targets Afghan governor, kills 8

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Kabul, Afghanistan: Government officials said that a suicide car bomb hit a convoy of a governor in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, killing at least eight people, including four civilians.

The condition of the governor, Rahmatullah Yarmal, was not immediately known and officials would not confirm local reports that he was slightly wounded in the bombing in Laghman province. The governor’s spokesman, Asadullah Dawlatzai, said only that along with the eight fatalities, about 30 people — both military and civilians — were wounded in the attack, which took place in Mihterlam, the provincial capital.

Tareq Arian, spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior, said four civilians and four Yarmal’s bodyguards were killed. The injured included 28 civilians and two other guards.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State Group and the Taliban are active in the area. In the past, both militant groups have launched attacks on Afghan government representatives, national security and defense personnel, and civilians.

Representatives of the Afghan government and the Taliban are holding intra-Afghan negotiations in Qatar. Qatar is a Middle Eastern country where the Taliban has held political office for many years. The negotiations aimed to end the country’s decades-long war, which follows the US-Taliban peace agreement signed in Doha, the capital of Qatar, in February.

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