Mosque suicide attack kills six in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber attacked a mosque in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least six people including a district police chief.

Last Updated: Dec 09, 2011, 21:54 PM IST

Asadabad: A suicide bomber
on Friday attacked a mosque in eastern Afghanistan, killing at
least six people including a district police chief, a
government official said.

The attack happened as worshippers were leaving the
mosque after the main Friday prayers in the Qazi Abad area of
the eastern province of Kunar, which borders Pakistan, said
provincial governor Fazullulah Wahidi.

"The attacker detonated his explosives in the mosque,
killing the district police chief, an intelligence officer,
two police and two civilians," the governor said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Kunar
has been a flashpoint in the Taliban`s 10-year insurgency
against the Western-backed government and 140,000 US-led
foreign troops.

The attack came three days after coordinated attacks on
Shiite Muslims in the capital Kabul and the northern city of
Mazar-i-Sharif killed at least 59 people in an unprecedented
assault on the holy day of Ashura.