Little good news out of Afghanistan

2009-09-02 18:51 BJT

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It seems that whenever Afghanistan makes the news these days, it is seldom for a good reason. Even a positive development like the recent presidential election has now been tarnished by revelations of widespread fraud.

As turmoil in the war-torn country grinds inexorably on, even convinced optimists are beginning to question whether the violence and corruption will ever end. Zeng Siwei has the latest on the security situation in the country.

The latest news is of a suicide attack in Laghman, a province in eastern Afghanistan.

The blast targeted the inauguration of a new mosque, and Afghanistan's deputy chief of intelligence, Dr. Abdullah Laghmani, was killed. Laghmani was the No.2 in the country's intelligence service, known as the National Directorate for Security.

Following the presidential election, it seems the security situation in the country remains as grim as ever. According to the Interior Ministry, four insurgents were killed and three wounded when a roadside bomb went off in Kandahar Province on Tuesday.

On the same day, U.S-led forces in Logar Province opened fire after their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb. Two soldiers were wounded.

And, eight insurgents were killed and five others wounded during a battle with Afghan police in Kunduz Province. One police officer was also killed.