Taliban suicide bombers kill five Afghan police as Kerry visits Kabul

JALALABAD, Afghanistan Tue Mar 26, 2013 7:23am EDT

1 of 4. People gather near pieces of broken glass at the site of a suicide attack in Jalalabad March 26, 2013.

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JALALABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Taliban suicide bombers killed at least five policemen in Afghanistan's restive east on Tuesday, officials said, in a three-hour attack that coincided with a visit to the country by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

The pre-dawn attack on a police compound in Jalalabad, eastern Afghanistan's largest city, came as the country braces for the beginning of the spring fighting season in the 11th year of the war.

One attacker detonated an explosive-laden car at the entrance of the Afghan National Police compound in a bid to let other attackers inside, provincial police chief Amin Sharif said.

"Three suicide bombers triggered their explosive vests and five were shot dead," he told Reuters, adding that five policemen were killed and four wounded.

Amin said the attackers were armed with rocket-propelled grenades and light machineguns, sparking a three-hour battle with Afghan security forces. Six civilians were wounded.

Kerry was in Kabul to discuss transfer of security to the Afghan forces, as most U.S.-led NATO combat troops prepare to leave by the end of next year.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack in a text message.

(Reporting by Mohammad Rafiq; Writing by Hamid Shalizi and Dylan Welch; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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Comments (3)
rugratz2222 wrote:
Juuuuuuuuuust missed him! (but keep trying … practice makes perfect!)

/sarcasm off

Mar 26, 2013 2:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Invictuss wrote:
Pretty sad hell a lot of money poured in there for nothing not to mentioned the lives lost for what? So that big corporations can get some cash.. pathetic

Mar 26, 2013 2:37am EDT  --  Report as abuse
kenradke11 wrote:
The Taliban and Al Queda and all those groups are from hell and will return to a hotter one for all eternity if the don’t stop their inhumane ruthless killing of innocent people. They are dead in the water already!
Cowards that they are.

Mar 26, 2013 7:11am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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