Suicide car bomb targets Afghan governor, kills eight

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (AP) — A suicide car bomber targetted the convoy of a provincial governor in eastern Afghanistan yesterday, killing at least eight people, including four civilians, government officials said.

The condition of Governor Rahmatullah Yarmal was not immediately known and officials would not confirm local reports that he was slightly wounded in the bombing in Laghman province.

The governor’s spokesman, Asadullah Dawlatzai, said only that along with the eight fatalities, about 30 people — both military and civilians — were wounded in the attack, which took place in Mihterlam, the provincial capital. Tareq Arian, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said that four civilians and four of Yarmal’s bodyguards were killed. The wounded included 28 civilians and two other guards.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but both the Islamic State (IS) group and the Taleban are active in the area. Both militant groups have carried out attacks in the past against Afghan government representatives, national security and defence personnel, and civilians.

Representatives of the Afghan government and the Taleban are holding intra-Afghan negotiations in Qatar, a Mideast country where the Taleban have had a political office for many years.