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Bombing in Afghanistan kills 13 NATO force members

Posted by The Agonist on October 30th, 2011

From our partners at The Agonist

Hashmat Baktash & Mark Magnier | Kabul | Oct 30

LA Times – At least 13 Americans were killed Saturday when a suicide bomber struck an armored military bus in Kabul, in the single deadliest attack on U.S. citizens in the Afghan capital since the war began a decade ago.

The attack represents a propaganda coup for the Taliban, which claimed responsibility in text messages to news organizations, saying it packed a four-wheel-drive vehicle with at least 700 pounds of explosives.

The Kabul car bombing took place near the American University on Darulaman Road, among the capital’s busiest, which runs past parliament and the decaying Darulaman Palace -– or “abode of peace.”

A NATO spokesman said all 13 were traveling in a type of military bus known as a Rhino, named for its heavy armor. The identities of those killed in the attack were not disclosed in keeping with a coalition policy to first notify family members.

The Afghan Interior Ministry said the blast also killed at least three Afghan civilians and one policeman.

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