KABUL, Afghanistan - A suicide bomber in eastern Afghanistan killed at least nine people and wounded at least 27 others Thursday, a government official told CNN.
The incident occurred in Gardez, the capital of Paktia province, according to Rohullah Samon, the Paktia government spokesman. The strike occurred at 4:30 p.m. local time in front of the Kabul Bank building.
At this juncture in the investigation, authorities believe the attacker was wearing a suicide vest and was targeting private security contractors escorting foreign forces, Samon said. One of those slain was a police officer.