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Blast injures Afghan governor: official

A roadside bomb ripped through the motorcade of provincial governor in northeastern Afghanistan Saturday, injuring the official and his driver, a security official said.

world Updated: May 30, 2009 12:17 IST

A roadside bomb ripped through the motorcade of provincial governor in northeastern Afghanistan Saturday, injuring the official and his driver, a security official said.

Mohammad Omar, the provincial governor of Kunduz province was injured when a remote-controlled bomb, similar to those used by Taliban insurgents, struck his vehicle, said Abdul Majeed Azimi, the local intelligence chief.

"The governor was returning from (the neighbouring) province of Takhar. Along the road a remote-control mine struck his vehicle, injuring him and his driver slightly," Azimi said, adding the two men were hospitalised with "slight injuries".

"Obviously, it was the work of the Taliban," he said of the attack.

Taliban militants have been waging an insurgency since being ousted from government in a US-led offensive in late 2001. Their campaign includes attacks on security forces and other government targets including officials.