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Suicide bomber blows himself up outside Afghan interior ministry

KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew himself up outside the Afghan interior ministry building in the center of Kabul on Wednesday, wounding several police officers, the ministry said in a statement. "A suicide bomber wearing a military uniform ... detonated his explosives at the main gate of the interior ministry," it said. "As a result a number of policemen were wounded. Details will be announced later." (Writing by Maria Golovnina; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

Four police killed in Kabul suicide attack

A suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance of the interior ministry in Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least four police officers just three days before the presidential election, officials said. "The suicide attacker wearing a military uniform detonated himself near the gate of the ministry killing four policeman," interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi told AFP. emh/bgs/pdw/st

At least four policemen killed in Kabul suicide attack

KABUL (Reuters) - At least four policemen were killed on Wednesday in a suicide bomb attack outside the Afghan interior ministry in the center of Kabul, a ministry spokesman said. "Unfortunately four of our policemen were martyred and so far we have no one wounded. It happened outside the main gate... The bomber tried to enter our human resources department," the spokesman said. "As soon as the bomber saw some policemen he detonated his explosives. It was impossible for him to enter the facility with the suicide vest."

Explosions and gunfire near Afghan election HQ

Explosions and gunfire erupted near the Kabul headquarters of the Afghan election commission on Saturday, officials said, one week ahead of voting and after a series of bloody attacks in the city. "There has been some explosions and gunfire heard near the IEC (Independent Election Commission), we are investigating it," Sayed Gul Agha Hashemi, head of Kabul police's criminal investigation branch, told AFP. us/bgs/mtp

7 Die in guesthouse attack in Afghan capital

Kabul, Mar 28 (EFE).- Seven people, among them a 10-year-old girl, died Friday in an attack on a guesthouse in the Afghan capital used by a U.S.-based aid group, Kabul's police chief told Efe. The attack started when a suicide terrorist detonated the bombs loaded in his vehicle in front of the guesthouse of the Roots of Peace organization, Gul Agha Ashemi. Another four assailants immediately opened fire and a shootout with security forces began that went on for several hours.

Roots of Peace NGO confirms its Kabul guesthouse attacked

US-based aid group Roots for Peace, which works to replace minefields with vineyards, said Friday that its guesthouse was under attack in Kabul, and that at least three Afghans were wounded. "It is our guesthouse under attack," country director Sharif Osmani told AFP. "Three Afghans are injured and three other people are inside." bgs/pdw/mtp

Brother of Calgary woman slain in Afghanistan has sympathy for gunmen

CALGARY - The brother of a Canadian woman who was killed in a hotel attack in Afghanistan has a message for the men he says "hide in shadows." Karim-Aly Kassam told a news conference he is angry that his sister, Zeenab Kassam, was killed, but he intends to dwell on the positive to honour her. "You may kill one of us, but our commitment to peace through ... the education of both women and men ... will not be compromised. Our efforts will be redoubled with greater vigour," Kassam said Thursday.

Four foreigners among nine killed in Kabul hotel attack - Afghan police

KABUL (Reuters) - Nine civilians, including four foreigners, were killed in Thursday's attack on a luxury hotel in central Kabul, Afghan police and government security officials said on Friday. Ayoub Salangi, the deputy minister for security, had earlier said eight civilians were killed. (Reporting By Mirwais Harooni; Writing by Jessica Donati; Editing by Paul Tait)

Security forces surround Kabul hotel after gunfire

Security forces rushed to the luxury Serena hotel in central Kabul Thursday evening after gunshots were heard at the venue, a high-security location favoured by foreign visitors to the Afghan capital. Witnesses and AFP reporters said that gunshots were heard from the hotel, as surrounding roads were blocked off and emergency response teams arrived on the scene. us/bgs/erf

Kabul victim was Swedish-British journalist: Swedish ambassador

Swedish radio journalist Nils Horner, who also held British citizenship, was shot dead in Kabul on Tuesday morning by an unknown gunman, the Swedish ambassador in the Afghan capital told AFP. "Unfortunately we just have received confirmation that Nils Horner, who was correspondent for Swedish national radio, was shot and killed in Kabul this morning," ambassador Peter Semneby told AFP. "We understand he had British nationality in addition to his Swedish nationality. His family has been informed." bgs/pdw/pdh
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