Governor of Afghan province killed in mosque bombing

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October 8, 2010 22:14

Afghan President Hamid Karzai (left) sat with Mohammed Omar, his strong man in northern Afghanistan in this file photo. Photo - MSNBC

Who: Mohammad Omar, an influential governor of northern Afghan province of Kunduz.

What: A powerful bomb explosion in a mosque during Friday prayers claimed the life of a governor and 14 other people. More than 30 others were wounded in the attack.

Where: The blast occurred at the Shirkat mosque in Taloqan, the main city of Takhar province. Mohammad Omar reportedly travelled to the city because of security concerns in neighbouring Kunduz.

When: The high-profile killing took place during Friday prayers on 8 October.

Why: Omar was a militia commander in Afghanistan’s civil war, who fought the Taliban as part of the Northern Alliance, although he hailed from the same Pashtun ethnic group as his opponents. “He was very active in trying to improve security and bringing rival tribes together to fight against the Taliban,” said Mohammad Akbar, a prominent tribal elder from northern Afghanistan.

How: According to Abdul Jabbar Taqwa, governor of Takhar province, the bomb was setup in the mosque and detonated while the prayers were underway. “We believe a bomb was set up in the mosque to kill the governor,” he told The Associated Press news agency.

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