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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Afghanistan attack: Deadly bombing near Kabul compound


Afghanistan attack: Deadly bombing near Kabul compound

Scene of bomb blast, Kabul, 16 November 2013The blast appears to have been caused by a suicide bomber driving a coach

At least six people have been killed and more than 10 injured in a bomb attack in the Afghan capital, Kabul.
The bomb went off near a compound where tribal elders are expected to gather next week to discuss a security pact with the US.
Police say the blast was caused by a suicide bomber. No group has said it carried out the attack.
The security pact governs the status of US military personnel staying in Afghanistan beyond 2014.
It will be discussed next week by Afghanistan's Loya Jirga, the traditional council of elders.
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Those killed in Saturday's attack include a police officer.

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We invite them, please come to this national Jirga of Afghanistan”
President Hamid Karzai
Police say the attacker crashed a coach filled with explosives into an Afghan army vehicle when soldiers identified the vehicle as a threat and opened fire.
The blast occurred less than 100m from a large tent where more than 2,000 prominent Afghans will gather on Thursday to debate the pact.
The security agreement must be approved by the Loya Jirga and parliament before it can come into force.
Among other issues, the pact covers the key issue of whether US military personnel will enjoy immunity from prosecution in Afghanistan.
Hours before the blast, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said negotiators had completed a draft of the accord, the Associated Press news agency reports. But he added that there were "still some differences".
The president also called on the Taliban, who are fighting an insurgency against the foreign presence in Afghanistan, to attend the Loya Jirga.
"We invite them, please come to this national Jirga of Afghanistan, raise your voice, raise your objection."
Between 5,000 and 10,000 US military personnel are due to remain in the country beyond the end of 2014, when most of the Nato-led international force is due to have left Afghanistan.
The US is expected to focus on training and mentoring Afghan security forces as well as combating al-Qaeda.