KABUL — A suicide bomber blew himself up yesterday outside a mosque where a remembrance ceremony was being held for a slain Afghan police commander. The blast killed four police officers, authorities said.
Security forces confronted the bomber, who was dressed in traditional robes, before he entered the mosque in the northern city of Kunduz, said provincial police chief Samiullah Qatra, who attended the ceremony. A scuffle broke out, and the bomber detonated his explosives. The force of the blast blew out windows of the mosque, Qatra said.
At least 14 people were wounded, state health director Zafar Noori said.
Yesterday’s ceremony was in honor of General Daud Daud, a regional police commander in northern Afghanistan who was killed May 28 in a bombing at the governor’s office in northeastern Takhar province where top police and NATO officials were meeting. German General Markus Kneip, NATO’s commander for northern Afghanistan, was among those wounded in the attack.
Daud was a former deputy interior minister and bodyguard of Ahmad Shah Massoud, the charismatic Tajik leader who commanded the Northern Alliance and died in an Al Qaeda suicide bombing two days before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that prompted the US invasion.