Taliban kill spy chief in bomb attack

KABUL - Afghanistan's deputy intelligence chief and 21 other people, including women, children and government officials, have been killed in a suicide attack in the eastern province of Laghman.

KABUL - Afghanistan's deputy intelligence chief and 21 other people, including women, children and government officials, have been killed in a suicide attack in the eastern province of Laghman.

Abdullah Laghmani, the deputy head of Afghanistan's intelligence service, was visiting his home town to inaugurate a newly constructed mosque yesterday morning when the bomber blew himself up in the crowd.

"The attack killed 18 civilians and four government officials," Sayed Ahmad Safi, spokesperson for the provincial governor said.

The bomber detonated his explosives in front of the main mosque in Metarlam, the provincial capital.

Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid took responsibility for the attack and said the bomber, Abdul Jabar, had specifically targeted the spy chief. - Sapa

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