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Bomb attack near Afghan capital kills influential governor

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 00:31

Oct. 15 - Bomb attack at a mosque kills governor of province south of Kabul. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: A bomb attack on a mosque in Afghanistan killed the governor of a province south of the capital, Kabul, on Tuesday as he was making an address on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, officials said. Arsala Jamal was governor of Logar province, a strategically important province on the southern approaches to Kabul and home to one of Afghanistan's richest mines. He had previously been governor of violence-plagued Khost province on the Pakistani border and the killing of such a senior official will raise new fears for Afghanistan's security as foreign troops prepare to leave by the end of next year. No one claimed responsibility. Jamal was close to President Hamid Karzai and was a senior official in his successful campaign for re-election in 2009. A group supporting Afghanistan's administrative development said it suspected Jamal's work to get the Aynak copper mine in Logar province up and running was the reason he was killed. Taliban insurgents fighting to expel foreign forces have stepped up attacks on government targets ahead of the withdrawal of foreign combat troops by the end of 2014. The Taliban have rejected government calls for peace talks and have denounced a presidential election due in April as illegitimate.

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Bomb attack near Afghan capital kills influential governor

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 00:31