A microphone bomb went off, killing the governor of Afghanistan’s eastern Logar province, Arsallah Jamal, 47. The bomb was planted in a mosque microphone and it exploded as he was giving a speech to worshippers Tuesday morning commemorating the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, NY Post reports Oct. 15.
The microphone bomb that exploded at the capital of Puli Alam killed the governor and injured 15 people. Five of them were critically wounded.
Debris was scattered around the mosque and blood was seen spattered on the gray marble walls, the report said. Officials believe it was clear Jamal was the intended target of assassination.
Jamal was reportedly a big target and had been a survivor of numerous assassination attempts that included suicide bombings. One of those bombings were at his office in Khost in May and July 2009 -- as well as a suicide car bomb attack that was meant for his convoy in August 2007.
So far no one has claimed responsibility for the microphone bomb, but the Taliban has been targeting Afghan officials, military, and NATO troops as a means of taking over territory before foreign troops leave in 2014.