May 28 - The Taliban claims responsibility for a blast that hit the governor's compound in Northern Afghanistan, killing a top police chief. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Scene of the attack in Afghanistan. A suicide bomber kills one of the most powerful men in northern Afghanistan Saturday when he attacked a meeting of political and military leaders in the once peaceful Takhar province. A provincial police chief and three NATO troops s were also killed in the attack. Many were wounded. The most high-profile casualty was General Dawood Dawood, police chief of north Afghanistan, a former deputy interior minister and before that a close associate of mujahideen commander Ahmad Shah Masood. NATO's commander for the northern region and the governor of Takhar province survived the attack, SOUNDBITE: German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere, saying (German): "Once again I have to inform the public about two dead and three injured German soldiers so far. We have also Afghan victims to mourn. It was a suicide attack in Taloqan." The Taliban claimed responsibility for Saturday's attack, saying they had targeted the meeting of senior leaders. SOUNDBITE: German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere, saying (German): "How very sad this news is for us, how much more sad this news must be for the relatives. They have lost their most loved person, they didn't have the chance to say goodbye and they worry about the injured. We are mourning with them and will stand with them in their grief." More than 2,400 foreign solders have died in Afghanistan since the war was launched in 2001, according to icasualtites. Germany has lost more than 50 soldiers over the course of the war. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters