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Explosions near Presidential Palace in Kabul, Taliban claims responsibility

Associated Press
Jun 25, 2013 at 09:07am IST

The Taliban say they have hit one of the most secure areas of the Afghan capital with a suicide attack, as a series of explosion rocked the gate leading into the presidential palace.

Smoke rose from the eastern gate of the palace early on Tuesday after more than a half dozen explosions and at least 45 minutes of on-and-off small arms fire. The Taliban sent a quick text-message statement saying "we brought death to the enemy."

The palace is in a large fortified area of downtown Kabul that also includes the U.S. Embassy and the headquarters for the NATO-led coalition forces.

Explosions near Presidential Palace in Kabul, Taliban claims responsibility

Explosions near Presidential Palace in Kabul, Taliban claims responsibility

Reporters gathering for an event with President Hamid Karzai counted at least seven or eight explosions starting about 6:30 a.m. Police had no immediate comment.

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