Suicide bomber kills 6 in north Afghanistan
A suicide bomber blew himself up in the midst of worshippers concluding prayers marking a key Muslim festival in northern Afghanistan, killing six people including two local police commanders, officials said Sunday.
The bomber struck as worshippers were exiting a mosque in Baghlan province's Old Baghlan City and were congratulating each other on the start of the Eid al-Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice, said Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai, spokesman for the regional police commander in the north.
Ahmadzai said at least 20 other people were wounded in the blast, which occurred in the city's Hassin Tal village.
Among the six people killed were two local police commanders, said Kamen Khan, the police chief in Old Baghlan City. One of them was a well-known local leader named Abdul who, like many Afghans, goes only by one name.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the Taliban, against whom NATO has waged a decade-long war, routinely target Afghan officials and security forces as well as international forces.
Separately, NATO said that one of its service members was killed following an insurgent attack in the south on Saturday. The death raises to 494 the number of coalition troops killed in the country so far this year. NATO provided no other details.