Suicide Bomb Kills 6 Near NATO Gate in Afghanistan

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Graham Bowley and Jawad Sukhanyar
New York Times
September 8, 2012

photoNY Daily News: An Afghan man (R) cries at the site of a suicide attack in the city’s diplomatic quarters, home to many Western embassies, in Kabul on September 8, 2012. (SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images)

A suicide bomber on foot penetrated one of the most closely defended parts of Kabul on Saturday, blowing himself up outside a carpet shop a few hundred yards from international embassies and the walls of the NATO headquarters and killing at least six Afghan civilians, including some children.

The bombing punctuated a tense holiday in commemoration of a mujahedeen commander, killed in 2001, for which security had already been increased in Kabul. Clashes between his supporters and other ethnic groups and the police in a Kabul neighborhood left cars tipped over and on fire, police guard posts burning and at least two dead, an indication that ethnic tensions remain combustible here.

The blast did not kill any foreigners or harm NATO installations. But it showed the insurgents’ ability to reach inside the central district only a few hundred yards from the United States Embassy, the presidential palace and NATO compounds.

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