Blast near Kabul venue for US troop talks, major security breach




 
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Blast near Kabul venue for US troop talks, major security breach
 
November 16th, 2013  
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Topic: Blast near Kabul venue for US troop talks, major security breach


Blast near Kabul venue for US troop talks, major security breach
By Hamid Shalizi and Mirwais Harooni KABUL (Reuters) - An apparent suicide attack struck Kabul on Saturday next to the venue where Afghanistan's political and tribal elites will debate a vital security pact with the United States, in a major security breach just days ahead of the crucial assembly. A large blast was heard soon after 3pm (1030 GMT) in Kabul's west, a Reuters witness at the scene said. A Kabul police spokesman, Hashmat Stanekzai, confirmed the blast and said there were casualties but could not immediately confirm a number. The blast occurred less than a hundred meters from a huge tent where more than 2,000 prominent Afghans will gather on Thursday to debate a security agreement with the United States once the NATO mission ends next year.

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