- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 27, 2008

From combined dispatches

Afghanistan

A suicide car bomb exploded about 200 feet from the main entrance to the U.S. Embassy on Thursday morning.

“The information we have so far is that four people have been killed and three wounded. It was a suicide attack,” Gen. Agence France-Presse reported.

The target of the attack near the heavily secured entrance to the embassy appeared to have been a passing convoy of foreign troops, an Afghan Interior Ministry official said.

U.S. Embassy staff were off work for the Thanksgiving holiday and were unlikely to be out on the roads at the time, an embassy spokesman told Reuters. The entire road running past the heavily guarded embassy is blocked to traffic.

“All embassy staff are accounted for,” U.S. Embassy spokesman Mark Stroh told Reuters.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bomb, with the radical Taliban and Haqqani networks said to be behind the growing number of attacks in the capital.

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