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Taliban insurgents attack as Afghan peace conference starts

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghan officials say three suicide attackers armed with guns and at least one grenade launcher were killed in an assault on a national peace conference.

President Hamid Karzai has just opened the peace jirga when the attack began. He told the 1,600 delegates that such attacks are only delaying the withdrawal of international forces.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, after earlier threatening to kill anyone who participated in the conference.

Afghan officials say three police were wounded in the fighting, but no civilians and none of the dignitaries at the conference were hurt.

Karzai appealed for rank-and-file Taliban members to stop fighting and renounce extremism for the sake of the country. He told the delegates that there are thousands of member of Taliban and another major insurgent group who are "not the enemies."


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