Afghan Spy Chief Killed

Suicide bombers don't take Ramadan off: An explosion ripped through a crowd in front of a mosque east of Kabul on Wednesday, killing 24. Top officials from Laghman province were killed along with Abdullah Laghmani, Afghanistan's deputy chief of intelligence, who was targeted by a suicide bomber on foot, according to a Taliban spokesman. The assassination of Laghmani, a Pashtun, may exacerbate ethnic tensions within the National Directorate for Security, which is headed by a Tajik, particularly considering the emerging results of the Afghan election where President Hamid Karzai, also a Pashtun, leads Abdullah Abdullah, who is half Pastun and half Tajik, but who is seen as a Tajik candidate. The bombing also underscores the Taliban's ability to undertake complex and targeted attacks.