Taliban Bomber Kills 6 at Military Hospital

Another 23 injured in Kabul suicide attack
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 21, 2011 12:34 PM CDT

(Newser) – In a brazen attack in Kabul's most secure district, a Taliban suicide bomber infiltrated the capital's main military hospital and killed at least six Afghan medical students and wounded 23 others. The bombing was a blow to Afghan and NATO forces that have expanded checkpoints and security cordons in the Afghan capital as the Taliban intensifies their attacks ahead of a planned US drawdown in July. It also indicated the insurgency may now be favoring terror-style tactics rather than larger traditional battles.

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No foreign medical doctors or nurses were among the dead or wounded, Afghan and NATO officials said. All those killed were eating lunch inside a tent used by medical students for meals. A Taliban spokesman said the attack targeted foreign trainers and Afghan doctors who work with them. (Read more Taliban stories.)

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