A suicide bomber wearing a police uniform blew himself up during a meeting at a provincial governor’s compound Saturday in northern Afghanistan, killing two NATO troops and four Afghans and wounding the top German commander in the country, officials said.
Two German troops were killed and three wounded, including Gen. Markus Kneip, the NATO force’s commander for northern Afghanistan, German Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Saturday night in Berlin.
The bomber detonated his explosives vest in a room in the governor’s office complex in Takhar province where high-ranking Afghan officials were meeting with members of the international coalition, said Faiz Mohammad Tawhedi, a spokesman for the governor. The governor, Abdul Jabar Taqwa, suffered burns to his head, hands and back.
“What we know is the guy who carried out the attack had a police uniform on,” Tawhedi said. “How he entered the meeting room and why he was not searched, we don’t know.”…….