Suicide Bomber Kills Afghan Deputy Guv
Taliban takes responsibility for Kandahar official's slaying
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2011 12:25 PM CST
An Afghan policeman stands near a vehicle which carried the deputy governor of Kandahar province, Abdul Latif Ashna, in Kandahar, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011.   (Allauddin Khan)

(Newser) – A suicide bomber on an explosives-laden motorbike rammed the car of Kandahar's deputy governor today as he was on his way to work, killing him and wounding three of his bodyguards. The Taliban have claimed responsibility, reports the AP, but the Los Angeles Times notes that Abdul Latif Ashna's slaying raises the specter of last year's wave of political assassinations around Kandahar. The province is seen as vital in the Afghanistan war.

"The enemies of Afghanistan cannot stop the Afghan people from development and progress by killing such personalities," said President Hamid Karzai in a statement condemning the attack. "There are thousands of other brave Afghans who will stand against the enemy and serve the people."