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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The U.S. Embassy in Kabul was hit by indirect fire before dawn on Christmas Day but no Americans were hurt, as attacks elsewhere in Afghanistan killed at least six people Wednesday, officials said.
Two rounds struck the sprawling embassy compound but it was not immediately clear which part of the complex, and a U.S. Embassy official said the incident was under investigation.
"At approximately 6:40 local time in Kabul, approximately two rounds of indirect fire impacted the U.S. Embassy compound," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. "All Americans are accounted for and no injuries were sustained."
Indirect fire can refer to either mortars or rockets.
The Taliban promptly claimed they fired four rockets at the American Embassy on Wednesday and said they inflicted heavy casualties. But the insurgents often exaggerate their claims.
Elsewhere, an Afghan official said a bicycle bomb was remotely detonated in front of a restaurant at a bazaar in Puli Alam, the capital of Logar province, 60 kilometers (37 miles) east of Kabul, killing six people and wounding 13.
Two of the killed were policemen and four were civilians, said Abdul Wali Tofan, the deputy police chief in Logar province. He said the attack also wounded 13 civilians, including several children.
Earlier in the day, a roadside bombing in eastern Kabul wounded three Afghan policemen. Kabul police chief, Mohammad Zahir, said one suspect was arrested over that attack.
Police later uncovered an unexploded bomb in the same area and successfully neutralized it, Zahri said.
Afghan insurgents have increased attacks in recent months, intensifying a campaign to regain territory as foreign forces draw down ahead of full withdrawal at the end of 2014.
If we just get our butts out of there and stop giving them billions they won't have any Americans to attack. Problem solved.
Some allies we have. Muslim countries hate the USA for the few freedoms we still have. They hate Christians as we see in the news. Bring our soldiers home and let them rot in their evil religion of hate and denegration of women and killing.
It is well past the time to leave the land of vengeful people so they can set about killing one another like they have done for centuries. Why are we still in the Middle and Near East, a total waste of American lives and debtor money we do not have?
It's not about us, it's not even about the Taliban. It's all about Obama's ego.
This is an awesome thing to hear just a week before my son gets deployed a second time. I wish they would just pull all of our troops out of that Godforsaken place and let them just kill eachother.
Well said !
These radical muslims must be eeradicated. They are a cancer to all people.Their minds cannot be changed for they are a sick people that even kill their own kind and have sex with children. Europe looks the other way while European country's are being taken over by them one day at a time. It is time for America to get out of afganistan and let them kill each other.
All true, and I don't think most Americans are aware. They just want it to go away, but it won't unless we become pragmatic. Hey, government, get the hell out of the middle east.
thats been the plan since 2011. 2014 we will be completely out.
Gosh, who woulda thought those nice Taliban boys would attack the American Embassy? Tsk! Make no mistake girls, fundamentalist insurgents (terrorists) are not following the Qur'an and killing the apostates (infidels), they are killing AMERICANS, they are targeting Americans, and their major goal is to kill and terrorize Americans. Israel can wait. Taliban isn't as smart as al-Qua'ida, but they're five times as nasty. All we have to do is move all out people...including embassies, out of any Taliban areas of operation...permanently. Why should decent Americans die because Islamic insurgents are born for this and do it all their lives?
round all the muslims up , ship them back where they came from and then let the target practice begin
An Iraqi General put his life on line and fought side by side with Americans and our Allies in Iraq to liberate his own people. That is COURAGE!!!! I know Him, His Wife, His two sons and his Daughter.There are good, loving and caring Muslims out there!!!!
A US embassy attacked in a dangerous, anti-american, terrorist-ridden country? How can this be? Well, since Hillary Clinton might run for office in 2016, Fox News better politicize this by attaching her name to this story, and play it over and over and over...
It is TIME to go.
end all foreign aidclose all embassiessave billions
Yes, let's become an isolated island with no friends anywhere in the world. Especially the Middle East where there is a lot of oil!