Qunduz Governor, 19 Others, Killed in Mosque Bombing

Insurgents in Afghanistan bombed a mosque in Taloqan, Takhar Province, on Friday, killing 20 persons and wounded 33. Among the dead was Mohammad Omar, governor of the nearby Qunduz Province, who ironically had been warning of the increasing strength of the Taliban in the north and the need for better security precautions. Unlike many northern provinces, where other ethnic groups predominate, Qunduz has a large number of Pashtuns, about a third of the population, and some proportion of them has turned to the Taliban. Omar had been visiting his home town and attended the Friday prayers service. The assassination via a bombing in a mosque of a provincial governor is a major operational success for the Taliban.

Provincial governors have frequently been a target for assassination, as has the US-backed president, Hamid Karzai. Last year, this Dari Persian site says, another attempt was made on Mohammad Omar’s life. On October 26 of last year, gunmen made a failed attempt on the life of Gul Agha Sherzai, governor of Nangarhar Province.

CNN has video on the mosque bombing:

Northern Afghanistan has been increasingly dangerous over the past couple of years. On Thursday in the northern province of Baghlan, a suicide bomber killed a German soldier and wounded 6 others, 2 of them gravely.

Meanwhile, in Pakistan some 20 armed insurgents attacked yet another NATO convoy, destroying about 29 trucks. The attacks began when Pakistan denied the US/ NATO supply trucks permission to cross into Afghanistan through the Khyber Pass.

Aljazeera English has video on the continued closure of Torkham:

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  1. Bombing of places of worship, villages is a crime against everything Shariah stands for. What kind of Shariat do these bombers follow? These sneak attacks, murderous campaigns is not “jihad”.

    Killing a Muslim while he is worshipping G-d? A Muslim would hear the praise of G-d and His Prophet even it comes from the mouth of the greatest enemies of Islam. But these people in takhar were fellow Muslims, no matter what their political affiliation, no matter what they were guilty of. It is most likely that the people who died were innocent, and are thus martyrs. But now the blame lies on the shoulders of the Taleban for all the innocents they have killed in this manner.

    The killed Mohammad Omar. It was the Second Caliph of Islam, Sayyiduna Umar himself who said that he would hold himself accountable if a single sheep would die of thirst or hunger as far away as Iraq, while he was in Madina.

    These taleban do not follow shariat. They follow something else.

  2. They worship Money and Power as their gods.
    The same as the US, Russia, China, politicians the world over, the mafia, Saudi Arabia, Israel, big business etc.
    It just happens that due to local traditions their excuse to behave the way they do is sharia. Everybody picks the excuse they think they can best get away with given the circumstances. We are all the same when it boils down to it.

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