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KABUL, Afghanistan — KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) —
Afghan officials say there was an explosion outside the Afghan defense ministry
causing multiple casualties, as U.S. defense secretary Chuck Hagel visits the country.
KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew himself up at a Defence Ministry gate in Kabul on Saturday killing nine civilians during a visit to Afghanistan by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, underlining the insurgent threat as NATO troops prepare to leave.
Hagel was nowhere near the explosion, said a spokesman for Afghanistan's NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). A U.S. defense official said Hagel was in a safe location at an ISAF facility.
"This attack was a message to him," Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in an email to reporters.
Pentagon spokesman George Little said Hagel was in a briefing at a U.S.-led military coalition facility in another part of the city when the explosion occurred. He said the briefing continued without interruption
These people want NATO troops out now I say let them have their way. Of course I realize they never ask US led NATO to be there but if they don't want us there then lets get out ASAP
Originally posted by azureskys
The word is that Chuck is OK and has been taken to safety.
Not a smart move to attack the US Defence chief !