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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."

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.

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)

Afghan ghost towns a symbol of lost hope

Aliceghan was supposed to be a haven for war-torn Afghanistan's returning refugees and a symbol of resurgence after the dark years of the Taliban. Six years on, it has come to highlight the myriad obstacles facing development projects in the country and an exodus of residents has left it feeling like a ghost town. Located about an hour's drive north of Kabul, the settlement was constructed on a stretch of dry, rocky land allocated by the government to house 1,100 families driven out of their homeland during more than four decades of conflict.

Suicide bomber kills four in Kabul attack on Afghan army bus

By Mirwais Harooni KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber attacked an Afghan army bus in Kabul on Sunday, killing four people and wounding up to 22, police said, the latest incident in a worrying surge of violence in the Afghan capital over the past 10 days. The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the attack, the worst since a devastating assault on a popular restaurant on January 17 killed 21 foreigners and Afghans.

Two Canadians accountants in Gatineau firm among 21 killed in Afghan explosion

GATINEAU, Que. - Two accountants who were auditing Canada's foreign aid work in Afghanistan were identified on Saturday as the two Canadians killed in a brutal suicide attack at a popular restaurant in the capital Kabul. The victims were identified as Martin Glazer of Gatineau and Peter McSheffrey of Ottawa. Both worked at the Gatineau, Que.-based consulting firm Samson and Associates. The McSheffrey family said it's grieving the loss of "a beloved husband, father, brother and son."

Death toll in Kabul restaurant attack climbs to 21

The death toll from a Taliban suicide and gun attack on a popular restaurant in central Kabul rose to 21 on Saturday, with 13 foreigners among the dead, Afghan police said. "This morning we have checked again and our latest figure is 21 killed, including 13 foreigners and eight Afghans. Five women were among the dead and about five people were injured," Kabul police chief Mohammad Zahir told AFP after the attack on Friday evening. emh/bgs/mtp

Two US citizens among Kabul attack dead

Two US citizens were among the 21 people killed in a Taliban suicide assault on a popular restaurant in Kabul, the US embassy in the Afghan capital said on Saturday. "The US Embassy has confirmed that at least two private US citizens were among the victims of last night's terrorist attack in Kabul," it said on its Twitter account. bgs/pj

At least two U.S. citizens killed in Kabul attack: embassy

KABUL (Reuters) - At least two private U.S. citizens were among the 21 people killed in Friday's attack by Taliban fighters on a restaurant in Kabul, the U.S. embassy in the Afghan capital said in a post on Twitter. The International Monetary Fund's (IMF) representative in Afghanistan and four United Nations staff were also killed when a suicide bomber and gunmen stormed the restaurant popular with expatriates. (Reporting by Jessica Donati; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)
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