THE commander of a provincial Afghan police rapid reaction force was killed today in a suicide attack that also claimed another officer’s life and wounded 23 people.

The bomber blew himself up in front of the police unit’s base in the eastern province of Khost, Khost Deputy Police Chief, Mohammad Yahqoob Mandozai, said.

“The commander of the the unit, Colonel Zaher, along with one policeman has been killed and 23 others, the majority of them civilians, have been injured,” Deputy Cief Mandozai said. 

“The suicide attacker who was waiting outside the base detonated himself as the vehicle carrying the police commander exited the base.”