Bomber tries but fails to kill Afghan official

A suicide bomber tried to kill a government official in southwestern Afghanistan Tuesday but killed only himself, an Afghan governor said. Ghulam Dastagir Azad, the governor of Nimroz province, said the attacker walked up to his deputy as he was coming out of his house in the provincial capital of Zaranj and detonated the bomb. Suicide bombers have been targeting government officials, Afghan and foreign troops as part of their drive to weaken the government of President Hamid Karzai. But a majority of the victims in such attacks have been civilians.