The convoy of Rahmatullah Yarmal, governor of Laghman province, was targeted Monday morning by a blast in the center of Laghman province, local officials confirmed.
Asadullah Dawlatzai, the governor's spokesman, confirmed the blast and said that the governor has survived but casualties are feared.
The spokesman said that the governor was targeted as he traveled between his guest house and his office.
The Ministry of Interior confirmed that four of the Laghman governor's guards were killed along with four civilians. 38 civilians were also wounded in the suicide attack, the MoI said
No group, including the Taliban, has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The Nangarhar and Laghman attacks were condemned by Afghan and foreign officials.
“I am heartbroken by the attacks in Nangarhar and Laghman,” US Chargé d'Affaires Ross Wilson said in a tweet. “I condemn the rise in violence. In a year that held out such promise and hope, there has been far too much tragedy in Afghanistan. One death caused by political violence is too many. Afghans need a comprehensive ceasefire.”
The EU mission in Afghanistan tweeted that the attacks in Nangarhar and Laghman are “a stark reminder of the unacceptable high level of violence, which must stop now.”
Meanwhile, Abdullah Abdullah, head of the High Council for National Reconciliation, and former president Hamid Karzai condemned the attack.
Karzai in a statement called the attack crime against humanity and renewed his call on warring sides to make efforts for peace.