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Roadside Blast in Afghanistan Injures Pro-Government Tribal Elder

A remote-controlled bomb ripped through the vehicle of an influential pro-government figure in southern Afghanistan Friday, wounding several people and killing at least two others.

Tribal elder Mullah Naqib, as well as some of his family members and guards, were wounded in the blast as their vehicle crossed a bridge in Kandahar province. Naqib also was a commander during the resistance to the Soviet occupation in the 1980s.

Witnesses say two bystanders also were killed.

In separate news, authorities in northern Afghanistan say police Friday detained eight suspects in connection with Thursday's killing of a German aid worker.

It is not clear if the suspects were militants or bandits.

The foreign aid worker was killed when gunmen attacked his vehicle in Sari Pul province. The assailants robbed three Afghan nationals traveling with him.