Sui­cide bomb­ing kills a top of­fi­cial in Kan­da­har

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD - — Josh Boak and Javed Ham­dard

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

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