Suicide bombing kills a top official in Kandahar
A suicide bomber riding an explosivesladen motorcycle killed the deputy governor of Kandahar province Saturday, the provincial governor said at a news conference.
The attacker steered his bike into a car carrying Abdul Latif Ashna, whowas traveling to his office in a convoy, Gov. Tooryalai Wesa said, calling the killing “un-Islamic, un-Afghan, cowardly and inhumane.” The Taliban asserted responsibility for the blast, which also wounded the deputy governor’s driver and two bodyguards.
Afghan government officials and prominent elders have been the targets of an ongoing campaign of assassinations in Kandahar, a southern province that is the cradle of the Taliban movement.
Ashna, an engineer who had taught at Kabul University, became deputy governor in May after having directed Kandahar’s branch of the Afghan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, according to a profile of the province by the Naval Postgraduate School.
“Ashna was just the right kind of honest technocrat that Kandahar and the rest of the country need to build a credible civil service,” said Bill Harris, the former head of the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction