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Blast near Kabul talks venue

Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 00:34

Nov. 16 - An apparent suicide attack strikes Kabul near the venue for talks between Afghan political and tribal leaders and the United States. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) An apparent suicide attack struck Kabul on Saturday near the venue for talks between Afghan political and tribal leaders and the United States. In a major security breach, the large blast was heard soon after 3pm local time in the west of the city, 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 that would go into place once the NATO mission ends next year. A man fleeing the bombing, Mohammad Amin, who was dazed and covered in blood and dust, said he saw a white vehicle speed towards a police checkpoint and explode. A Reuters reporter saw at least six wounded people, as well as a large unchecked fire and numerous damaged cars. The attack was on a road about 80 meters (240 feet) from the entrance to the compound of the Loya Jirga, a traditional Afghan meeting convened to debate matters of national importance which includes thousands of tribal elders, politicians and other elites.

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Blast near Kabul talks venue

Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 00:34