Kabul: Afghanistan`s deputy intelligence chief and several government officials were killed Wednesday in a suicide attack in the eastern province of Laghman, officials said.
Abdullah Laghmani, the deputy head of Afghanistan`s intelligence service, was visiting his hometown Wednesday morning when the bomber blew himself up in the crowd, a security official who did not want to be named said.
"Yes, our information also says that Abdullah Laghmani was killed in this attack," he said.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid took responsibility for the attack and said Abdul Jabar, one of the group`s fighters, targeted the spy chief while he and several others were leaving a mosque in Metarlam city, the provincial capital.
Mujahid said 10 other government officials, including the head of the provincial council, were also killed in the attack.