Thursday 21 September 2017

Afghan governor killed in Taliban bomb blast

Ben Farmer in Kabul

An Afghan governor and key NATO ally in northern Afghanistan has been killed in a bomb attack on a busy mosque.

Mohammad Omar, governor of the German-garrisoned province of Kunduz, died alongside at least 14 others in the explosion and more than 30 were wounded.

His killing was the most high-profile assassination of an Afghan government official in a year and the first time a provincial governor has been killed since 2008.

Mr Omar had survived three previous attempts on his life as he struggled to govern a province that has slipped from German control.

A Taliban spokesman said the movement was responsible for the attack. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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