“War is deceit,” and a top representative of law enforcement in a regime deemed to be insufficiently faithful to Sharia had to go. Therein lies a perpetual source of tension and potential violence in an Islamic state, once a government’s character and right to rule are defined by having Sharia as the highest law in the land. Since Islamic law encompasses all areas of life, public and private, the possibilities for implementing more enforcement are only limited by resources, local demands, and firepower. “Afghanistan: Suicide blast kills top police commander,” from BBC News, May 28:
The police commander for northern Afghanistan has been killed in a suicide bomb attack on the provincial governor’s compound in Takhar.
Gen Mohammad Daud Daud is one of at least six people killed in the attack, claimed by the Taliban.
Two German soldiers were killed and Gen Markus Kneip, commander of foreign troops in north Afghanistan, wounded.
Afghanistan has seen a series of attacks in recent months by militants on police and military targets.
Takhar provincial Governor Abdul Jabar Taqwa is among those wounded, officials said.
Gen Daud was former military commander of the Northern Alliance, the Afghan forces who fought the Taliban.
The latest attack will be seen as significant because it has struck an area of the country’s north which has been seen as relatively secure. […]
The attack occurred at the compound of Gov Taqwa in the provincial capital Taloqan, where officials were having a meeting.
The bomber, wearing a police uniform, was waiting in the corridor when officials came out, our correspondent says.
At least six people were killed in the explosion, including Gen Daud and the provincial police chief Shah Jahan Nuri.
At least 10 Afghans were injured, including the governor, he added.
Early reports said three German soldiers had been killed, but this was later corrected to two, with three wounded….