Suicide Bombers Penetrate Kabul's Green Zone

2 dead in suicide attack; Taliban claims responsibility

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 21, 2012 6:55 AM CST

(Newser) – A suicide attack hit Kabul's Green Zone today, the fortified area housing government officials, diplomats, and US military, killing two Afghan security guards. The Wall Street Journal says a single bomber attempted to occupy an unfinished building, from which he could have fired into the CIA compound and nearby embassies. The AP puts the number of bombers at two, and says that as they were attempting to target the American base, they were spotted and fired on by guards. The bombers were killed, but one of their vests exploded during the firefight. Five civilians were wounded.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. It comes even amid heightened security in the area ahead of the Ashoura holy day Saturday; last year, one of the deadliest attacks in Kabul history occurred on Ashoura. In the first major sectarian attack since the Taliban fell, a suicide bombing at a Shiite shrine left at least 80 dead.

Afghan security men and media members gather at the scene of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012.
Afghan security men and media members gather at the scene of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012.   (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)
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