Afghan provincial intel chief targeted in bombing

October 19, 2011 - 10:45 PM
APTOPIX Afghanistan

An Afghan security officer, center, collects evidence from the site of an attack by militants at the gate of an American base in Panjshir north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011. Militants tried to blast their way into an American base in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, striking before dawn with rocket-propelled grenades and a vehicle packed with explosives. All four of the attackers were killed and two Afghan security guards were wounded. (AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber on foot targeted the convoy of a northern Afghanistan provincial intelligence chief Monday in an attack that killed a young boy, officials said.

The bomber struck the convoy of Gen. Sayed Ahmad Sadat at 8:30 a.m. as he was driving by on his way to work in Maimanah, capital of Faryab province, the local deputy governor Abdul Satar Barez said.

Barez said a bystander, a young boy roughly 3 years old, was killed while Sadat and four of his bodyguards were wounded.

Faryab is in a relatively peaceful area of Afghanistan, where a U.S.-led coalition is battling the Taliban and affiliated insurgents.

Insurgents have been waging a campaign of assassinations against Afghan officials and others aligned with the government and the U.S.-led coalition.