Kabul Blast Kills 4 Near US Embassy

Suicide car bombers struck as Westerners gathered for Thanksgiving run
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2008 3:48 AM CST
Afghan police patrol near the site of an explosion near the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Today.    (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
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(Newser) – At least four Afghans were killed when a suicide car bomber struck 200 yards outside the American embassy in Kabul this morning, AP reports. The embassy said none of its personnel was injured in the blast, which happened as Americans and other Westerners were entering the embassy compound for a Thanksgiving fun run. The bomber was apparently targeting a NATO convoy.

"I was about 30 or 40 yards inside the gate. There was a large explosion. I felt the shock wave," said an aid worker from Virginia. "We were about 200 yards from the blast when it went off, but we were behind the embassy wall and that protected us." The man said he had been warned to expect tighter security on Thanksgiving.