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Monday, April 18, 2011

Attack on Afghan Defense Ministry Kills 2..............

A man wearing an Afghan army uniform opened fire Monday inside the Afghan Defense Ministry in Kabul, killing two soldiers in the third such attack on a security installation in less than a week.
Defense Ministry spokesman General Mohammad Zahir Azimi said the attacker was wearing a suicide vest but was killed before he could detonate it. Seven people were wounded in the attack, in addition to those killed.
The Taliban claimed responsibility, saying the attack's target was French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet. French officials say Longuet, who is on a trip to Afghanistan, was not in the ministry at the time.
The incident at the Defense Ministry is the latest in a series of attacks on Afghan security forces by assailants wearing military or police uniforms.
On Saturday, an Afghan army soldier killed five NATO and four Afghan soldiers in eastern Laghman province. A day earlier in southern Afghanistan, a suicide bomber dressed as a police officer killed Kandahar province's police chief.
Also Monday, Afghan officials say at least 12 Iranian engineers and two of their Afghan colleagues were kidnapped by Taliban gunmen in the Pushte Rod district of western Farah province. The men were working on a road construction project.
In other violence, authorities say a roadside bomb hit a police vehicle in eastern Ghazni province, killing six Afghan police officers.
Elsewhere in the east, a protest against the arrest of a local cleric by NATO forces turned deadly in Charikar, the capital of Parwan province. At least one person was killed and more than 10 others wounded when gunfire broke out during Monday's rally.

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