Taliban Attack Kills 13
Four Taliban suicide bombers disguised in army uniforms detonated a car bomb and stormed Kandahar's provincial office Wednesday, killing 13 people.
Ahmad Wali Karzai, the head of the provincial council and President Hamid Karzai's brother, said the attack occurred during a meeting of tribal leaders. He said 17 people were wounded.
The attack began just before noon, when a man in a vehicle full of explosives blew himself up at the office gates, opening the way for three other attackers wearing Afghan army uniforms and wielding AK-47s to storm the building.
Among those killed were the province's education director and its deputy health director, Ahmad Wali Karzai said. He said he left the council office about five minutes before the attack and was not harmed.
Qari Yousef Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman, asserted responsibility for the assault.
-- Associated Press
Strikes Kill Insurgents
A suspected U.S. drone fired two missiles Wednesday at an alleged hideout connected to a Taliban leader who has threatened to attack Washington. Officials said 14 people were killed and several wounded.
The strikes came a day after Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud asserted responsibility for a deadly attack on a police academy in the eastern city of Lahore, saying it was retaliation for U.S. missile strikes on insurgent strongholds along the Afghan border. Mehsud also vowed to launch an attack on Washington, identifying the White House as a target, in phone interviews with the Associated Press and local news media.
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