Taliban Attacks Karzai Palace

All attackers killed in raid on most secure part of Kabul

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jun 25, 2013 1:13 AM CDT

(Newser) – Suicide attackers set up a car bomb and battled security forces outside Afghanistan's presidential palace early this morning after infiltrating one of the most secure areas of the capital. All the attackers were killed and one palace security guard was wounded, officials say. The palace is in a large fortified area of downtown Kabul that also includes the US Embassy and the headquarters for the NATO-led coalition forces. It's not clear whether President Hamid Karzai was in the building at the time.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which came as reporters were gathering for a news event on Afghan youth at which Karzai was expected to talk about ongoing efforts to open peace talks with the militant group. Elsewhere in Afghanistan, a minibus hit a bomb buried in a road in Kandahar, killing 11 members of a family.

Afghan national security arrive near the entrance gate of the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, today.
Afghan national security arrive near the entrance gate of the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, today.   (AP photo/Rahmat Gul)
Afghan soldiers stand guard as smoke rises from the gate of the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, today.
Afghan soldiers stand guard as smoke rises from the gate of the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, today.   (AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid)
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