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KABUL - A Taliban suicide bomber attacked a NATO convoy outside Kabul, killing at least eight people Tuesday, hours after mortar rounds struck near the presidential palace, as militants made good on their promise to sow mayhem in the run-up to Afghanistan's presidential election. Two U.S. soldiers were killed and three wounded in a separate blast in the country's east, the U.S. command said.
U.S., NATO and Afghan security forces are on high alert this week because of the Thursday vote. President Hamid Karzai is favored to win but faces a stiff challenge from former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah. About three dozen candidates are in the race.
The attack against U.S. troops occurred in eastern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said in a statement. It said two were killed and three were wounded when their vehicle struck a bomb but gave no further details.
Those deaths brought to 26 the number of U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan this month, according to an AP count.