March 10, 2013 / 12:52 PM / 5 years ago

U.S. defense chief's Afghan news conference canceled over security fears

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (C) meets with members of the U.S. Army and Marines during his visit to the Kabul Military Training Center in Kabul March 10, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

KABUL (Reuters) - A joint news conference that had been scheduled for Afghan President Hamid Karzai and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has been canceled over security concerns, U.S. officials said.

The officials declined to cite the nature of the security threat. But it comes a day after a suicide bombing in Kabul that killed nine civilians, about a kilometer away from where Hagel was holding a morning meeting.

Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Jeremy Laurence

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