May 28, 2011

Taliban Bomber Infiltrates Afghan-NATO Meeting, Killing Police Official and Others

" The bomber entered the meeting as a security guard for one of the guests"

Hmmm, who is, or possibly was, that "guest"?

KABUL, Afghanistan — A Taliban suicide bomber infiltrated a heavily guarded governor’s compound in northern Afghanistan where top NATO and Afghan officials were meeting, killing several people there, including the highly regarded regional police commander, Gen. Daoud Daoud, Afghan officials said.

The German commander of NATO’s force in the north, Gen. Markus Kneip, was among the wounded, German news reports said.

The attack happened about 4:30 p.m. when a man wearing a police uniform blew himself up during the security meeting at the governor’s compound in Taliqan, the capital of Takhar Province, Afghan officials said.

Maryam Kofi, a member of Parliament from Takhar, said the bomber entered the meeting as a security guard for one of the guests. The provincial police chief, Shah Jahan Noori, was also killed in the blast.

Lutfullah Mashal, a spokesman for the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency, said that two to three Germans were also killed in the attack, but NATO did not immediately confirm that. The total number of dead could not be immediately confirmed.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, said the attack struck “a very important security meeting.”

Not good, not good at all.

By Stable Hand at 12:18 PM | Comments |