At least six people have died in an attack in Northern Afghanistan that has been described as a “propaganda coup” for the Taliban.
One of the most powerful men in the region is among the dead, along with a local police chief and two German soldiers.
A senior German military commander has been wounded. General Markus Kneip is the NATO commander in the region.
A suicide bomber detonated his device as political and military leaders met in the regional capital of Takhar province.
There was not thought to be any need for a permanent military presence in Takhar province as it was so peaceful. German troops are based nearby in Kunduz.
Police Commander Mohammed Daud Daud was acknowledged as one of the most influential men in the area. He was in charge of all interior ministry forces in the region and also played a key role in the fight against Afghan drug trafficking.