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Suicide Attack in Afghanistan Kills 64

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Taliban Targets Security Team; Kills Civilians

April 21, 2016

By: Marshall Keely

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – On Tuesday a suicide attack in the Afghani capital of Kabul killed 64 and injured more than 300. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack targeting a security office for top government officials. A truck bomber detonated in a parking lot behind the compound destroying the back wall of the building. A second attacker then entered the building, engaging in a gun battle with security forces. The attacker died less than two hours later in the resulting firefight. Although the Taliban were targeting the security team, most of the victims were civilians. The commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan said these attacks are a sign of Taliban weakness. According to him, the Taliban would be unable to hold their own in a battle with Afghan forces, and are forced to resort to terrorist attacks. The U.S. embassy denounced the attack in a statement calling for peace and security for all Afghan citizens.

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