Lawyer who prosecuted Taliban fighters wounded in bombing

The lawyer, Abdul Qayyum, is well-known in Jalalabad for his work prosecuting Taliban fighters, with insurgents attacking his family several times recently.

Lawyer who prosecuted Taliban fighters wounded in bombing

World Bulletin / News Desk

A lawyer who prosecuted Taliban fighters was seriously wounded by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan's east on Sunday, police said, a day after a deadly attack on the Indian consulate in the same city.

The attacks underscored a recent trend of assaults by insurgents against foreign targets, as well as institutions perceived to be backed by the West.

Another 16 people were wounded in Sunday's attack, some seriously. The bomb was detonated by remote control, said deputy provincial police chief Masoom Khan Hashimi, who also said the attackers had not yet been identified.

The lawyer, Abdul Qayyum, is well-known in Jalalabad for his work prosecuting Taliban fighters, with insurgents attacking his family several times recently.

His brother was killed three months ago, while Qayyum survived an attempt on his life shortly afterwards. Seriously wounded, Qayyum was taken to a nearby hospital and was still conscious, Hashimi said.

Attacks against the judiciary and other government institutions which insurgents say are propped up by the West increased by 76 percent in the first six months of this year, according to a recent UN report.

The Taliban denied responsibility for Saturday's attack on the Indian consulate that killed nine people.

Such attacks have reinforced fears that a bloody regional power struggle could play out in Afghanistan once most foreign troops leave by the end of 2014.

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