Afghan Prez Escapes Assassination Attempt

Taliban boasts attack proves group's power
By Kate Rockwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2008 8:38 AM CDT
Afghan Prez Escapes Assassination Attempt
Afghan soldiers run after a gun battle during a ceremony marking the 16th anniversary of defeat of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in Kabul.   (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

One person was killed and 11 wounded in a Taliban attack this morning in Kabul aimed at assassinating Afghan President Hamid Karzai. The president escaped the rockets and gunfire unhurt. The attack occurred as Karzai, government ministers, foreign diplomats, and military top brass gathered for the 16th anniversary of the fall of the Afghan communist government. All diplomats and cabinet members were safe, according to officials.

Three Taliban fighters were killed in the attack and several were taken into custody. "Afghan and NATO authorities this year repeatedly said the Taliban are on the verge of annihilation,” a Taliban spokesman told Reuters. “Now it is has been proved the Taliban not only have the ability to operate in the provinces, but even in Kabul.” (More Hamid Karzai stories.)

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