Afghan officials say a suicide bomb attack at a mosque in the southern city of Kandahar has killed at least 20 people and wounded more than 30 others.
The police chief of Kabul was among the dead
Officials say documents found on the body of the bomber shows he was an Arab linked to the al-Qaida terrorist network.
The mosque was crowded with mourners attending a funeral for a prominent pro-government cleric Mullah Abdul Fayaz who was killed by suspected Taleban gunmen Sunday.
Witnesses say today's-Wednesday's bombing left pools of blood and body parts littered everywhere on the mosque floor.
A spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition forces in Afghanistan said such tragic events only solidify the resolve to eradicate terrorism because the future of Afghanistan depends on it. Kandahar was a stronghold of the Taleban regime that was ousted by U.S.-led forces in late 2001.
Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.