Muslim extremists struck another blow to the leadership in Afghanistan. On Oct. 15, they assassinated Arsala Jamal, the governor of Logar province.
A report from The Long War Journal says that Jamal was killed by a bomb that was "skillfully planted inside the microphone in the front part of the mosque."
He was a member of the provincial High Peace Committee. This committee has been negotiating with the Taliban in an effort to bring peace to Afghanistan.
At least 18 people were wounded in the blast at the mosque. The Taliban has assassinated several senior officials in the Afghanistan government over the past several years.
One high ranking Afghan they killed was Burhanuddin Rabbani, the chief of the Afghan High Peace Council and former president of Afghanistan. It's reported that he was killed by an extremist who hid explosives in their turban.
Jamal had only been governor of Logar for six months before he was killed. Previously he served as governor of the eastern province of Khost. That city is said to be a stronghold of the Haqqani Network. The Haqqani is an al-Qaeda affiliate who has ties with the Taliban.
Jamal was the highest ranking Afghan official to be killed by terrorists in recent months. The Associated Press reported that several high level dignitaries and family members attended his funeral which was held today.
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