A motorcycle suicide bomber killed the deputy governor of Afghanistans Kandahar province on Saturday,a blow to US-led forces trying to bolster governance and fight a robust insurgency in the Talibans heartland.
Deputy Governor Abdul Latif Ashna was killed as he left his home to travel to work in Kandahar city,capital of Kandahar province,the governors spokesman Zalmay Ayoubi said.
At least five other civilians who were wounded in the blast had been taken to hospital. No further details were immediately available about the attack or about the condition of the wounded.
US Ambassador Karl Eikenberry who was visiting Kandahar on Saturday condemned the attack but said it would not sap efforts to increase security in the southern province.
The loss of a great deputy governor like this is a setback. What weve seen is consistently Afghan government leaders emerge and the people continue to rally in an effort to establish security here, he told journalists.