Civilian killed in suicide car bomb targeting Afghan official

An Afghan security official says a suicide car bombing aimed at a senior government official has killed one civilian and wounded three others but did not harm its apparent target.

Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said Saturday that a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden vehicle alongside the armored car of Mohammed Masoom Stanikzai, a senior official in the High Peace Council, a government body tasked with peace talks with the Taliban insurgency. The two men are not related.

Shafiullah, a police officer at the scene, said Stanikzai, who also serves as an adviser to President Hamid Karzai, was not harmed because he was traveling in an armored car.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Taliban frequently launch suicide attacks against Afghan civilians, government officials and security forces.