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Islamic holiday Eid al-Adha begins, bomb kills Afghan governor

A bomb has killed an Afghan provincial governor. The explosion happened as he made a speech at a mosque after Eid al-Adha prayers in the Logar province, close to the capital, Kabul, officials said.

Afghan officials say a bomb inside in the main mosque of Puli Alam, the capital of the eastern Logar province, killed Governor Arsallah Jamal as he delivered a speech on Tuesday morning to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. Officials told news agencies the bomb was placed inside a microphone.

"This morning, governor Arsallah Jamal was delivering a speech after Eid prayers when he was killed by a bomb planted in the microphone," Logar provincial governor spokesman Din Mohammad Darwish told the news agency AFP.

The explosion also wounded at least eight people. No group claimed immediate responsibility for the blast.

Eid al-Adha, a major Islamic holiday, packs mosques to mark the prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son when God ordered him to.

mkg/hc (AFP, AP)