Suicide bomber hits memorial for slain Afghan general

June 10, 2011 10:32


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KUNDUZ, Afghanistan - A suicide bomber detonated his explosives near a memorial for the assassinated police chief of north Afghanistan on Friday, killing at least three policemen and wounding several, a spokesman for the provincial police chief said.

The attack appeared to be an attempt to kill the police chief of Kunduz province, Sameullah Qatra, whose predecessor in the post was assassinated by a suicide bomber in March, but Qatra escaped unhurt, his spokesman said.

The bomber detonated his explosives outside the mosque where people had gathered to mourn General Dawood Dawood, who died in a massive bomb attack late last month in neighboring Takhar province, along with the Takhar police chief.

Four civilians were also hurt in the blast in the provincial capital, Kunduz city, said Kunduz police spokesman Sayed Sarwar Hussaini.

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