A suicide bomber has detonated explosives in a crowd of government officials in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 23 people, including the country’s deputy chief of intelligence.
The bombing occurred Wednesday morning at a mosque in the city of Mehtarlam in Laghman province, about 100 kilometers east of Kabul.
Authorities suspect intelligence official Abdullah Laghmani was the target of the attack.
A Taliban spokesman says the militant group was responsible for the bombing.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.