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17 Killed, 46 Wounded in Kabul Attacks

KABUL (AP) - A spokesman for the Defense Ministry says 17 people
were killed and 46 wounded in multiple attacks on government
building attacks in Kabul.
Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi says that eight attackers also died in
the attacks outside the Justice Ministry and other government
buildings Wednesday. He says all attackers had suicide vests, but
only three assailants set them off.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks.
The coordinated attacks - in the heart of the city and a stone's
throw from the presidential palace - come ahead of a visit by
President Barack Obama's special envoy to the region.
The Taliban regularly use suicide bombings in their assaults on
Afghan and foreign troops, but the capital had been largely spared
of major attacks recently.


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