Attack in Afghan north targets intel chief
Last Updated: Monday, October 17, 2011, 23:16
Mazar-I-Sharif: A suicide bomber targeted a commander in Afghanistan's spy agency on Sunday, wounding six intelligence officials and killing a child in the country's increasingly volatile north.

The bomber detonated next to a car carrying the chief of National Directorate of Security (NDS) for Faryab province at 8:20 am (0350 GMT) in the town of Maymanah, police said.

"The chief of NDS was going to his office when the attacker, a person wearing a suicide vest, detonated near his car," Lal Mohammad, police spokesman for the northern region, said.

Police confirmed the NDS official was wounded and was the target.

"One eight-year old child was killed, and two other children and six intelligence officials were wounded in the attack," said Jawid Dedar, spokesman for the governor of Faryab province.

The Taliban could not be reached for comment, but the militia has stepped up targeted assassinations as part of its 10-year insurgency designed to evict US-led foreign troops and their allied government in Kabul.

Attacks in the Afghan capital and high-profile political assassinations over the summer have fed perceptions that a decade after the 2001 US-led invasion, the West is losing the war in Afghanistan.

In the west, five Afghan soldiers were killed and three others wounded in a Taliban ambush on Saturday, said defence ministry spokesman Zahir Azimi.


First Published: Monday, October 17, 2011, 23:16

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