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Attack On Afghan Governor's Compound Kills At Least 8 People

Abdul Jabar Taqwa (center, in white shirt and black trousers), the governor of Takhar Province, seen on a district visit in June 2010
A suicide bomber has attacked a provincial governor's compound in northern Afghanistan's Takhar Province, killing at least eight people.

Faiz Mohammed Tawhidi, spokesman for the Takhar provincial governor, said three German soldiers and four Afghans -- including regional police chief General Mohammed Daoud Daoud -- were among the dead.

At least 10 other people were said to have been wounded in the blast.

Qutbuddin Kamal, a senior aide to Governor Abdul Jabar Taqwa, said Taqwa was among the wounded.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed that it had troops among the casualties.

An unspecified Taliban spokesman contacted French AFP news agency to claim responsibility for the attack.

compiled from agency reports