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Taliban bombers attacked foreigners in response to Obama's visit to Kabul

London, Wed, 02 May 2012 ANI

London, May 2 (ANI): The Taliban has accepted responsibility for a suicide car bomb blast in the Afghan capital Kabul that killed seven people, saying that the attack was a response to US President Barack Obama's surprise visit to the city hours earlier.

A series of explosions happened hours after Obama left Afghanistan following a quick visit to mark the first anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death.

He spoke to troops and signed a pact with Afghan President Hamid Karzai to govern the US presence in Afghanistan through to 2024, the Daily Star reports.

Taliban militants disguised in burqas attacked a compound housing hundreds of foreigners in Kabul.

At least 17 people were wounded in the assault, most of them Afghan children on their way to school, the Interior Ministry said.

The attack started around 6am in eastern Kabul with a series of explosions and gunfire ringing out from the privately guarded compound known as Green Village that houses hundreds of international contractors, the Daily Star reports.

The suicide car bomb that exploded near Jalalabad Road was among the first blasts in the attack, said interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi.

A car that was driving past was caught in the explosion and four people inside were killed, Sediqi said.

A passer-by and a Nepalese security guard were also killed, said Kabul deputy police chief Daoud Amin. The seventh death was not identified. (ANI)

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