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Afghan bomb attack kills influential governor

RAW VISION: bomb attack at a mosque kills governor of province south of Kabul.

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A bomb hidden in a microphone has killed an Afghan provincial governor as he made a speech at a mosque after Eid prayers in Logar, close to the capital Kabul, officials say.

''This morning, governor Arsala Jamal was delivering a speech after Eid prayers when he was killed by a bomb planted in the microphone,'' the Logar provincial governor's spokesman Din Mohammad Darwish said.

''Eight other people have been wounded.''

Arsala Jamal

Arsala Jamal

No group claimed immediate responsibility for the blast, though Taliban militants often target government officials as well as Afghan soldiers and police.

Eid al-Adha is a major public holiday across the Muslim world, with mosques packed with devotees marking the prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son when God ordered him to.

Sheep and goats are sacrificed in many households and the meat distributed among family, friends and the poor.

AFP