January 7th, 2010
10:05 AM ET

At least 9 slain in suicide blast

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.

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