9 Oct 2010

Afghan provincial governor killed by bomb

6:06 am on 9 October 2010

The governor of the northern Afghan province of Kunduz has been killed by a bomb at a mosque.

Governor Muhammad Omar was attending Friday prayers in Taloqan, capital of neighbouring Takhar province.

Provincial security chief Shah Jahan Noori said at least 20 other people were wounded.

The BBC reports it's not yet clear whether explosives were planted at the mosque or whether it was a suicide attack.

Mr Omar was originally from Takhar province. He was known to have been close to President Hamid Karzai, and had survived a number of previous attempts on his life for which he blamed the Taliban.

His brother was assassinated by the Taliban last year.