Afghan police: Suicide bombing kills 4 people

December 9, 2011 - 7:55 AM
Afghanistan

An Afghan man prays at a grave in a cemetery in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. The fallout from Tuesday's deadly suicide bombing in Kabul has further splintered Afghanistan's relations with neighboring Pakistan and set back the U.S.-led military campaign to stabilize the region before international troops leave at the end of 2014. (AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan police say a suicide bomber blew himself up at a mosque in northeast Afghanistan, killing four people.

Gen. Ewaz Mohammad Naziri, the chief of police in Kunar province, says the blast also wounded five people.

He says Friday's bombing occurred after midday prayers in the yard of a mosque in Ghazi Abad district.

Naziri says the district police chief, his body guard, a civilian and an employee of the Afghan intelligence service died in the attack.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — More than 2,000 Afghans are rallying on the last day of a Shiite Muslim holiday to mourn and denounce Pakistan for the deadly bombing at a shrine in Kabul that killed 56 and wounded more than 160 people.

The crowd gathered Friday on the west side of Kabul on the last day of Ashoura.

The holiday commemorates the death in the seventh century of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson. His death in a battle outside Karbala in Iraq sealed Islam's historical Sunni-Shiite split.

The protesters are denouncing Tuesday's suicide bombing in Kabul. It was the first major sectarian attack in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban regime a decade ago.

Some of the speakers at the rally blamed neighboring Pakistan for the bombing.