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US Embassy in Kabul attacked on Christmas Day

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.


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iorado64 December 26 2013 at 3:20 PM

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...

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pamdocken December 26 2013 at 10:15 AM

Terrorists are horrible any time of the year. It's pathetic they chose to attack on a holiday. I would sure hate to be meeting my maker once I die. I know they THINK they are martyrs and will get so many virgins in heaven, but those who terrorize has it all wrong. If there is a Hell it must be filled with martyrs such as these for all of the senseless bombings, attacks and murder they have brought throughout our time on earth. But I think the Devil always has room for one more...

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biffcove December 26 2013 at 9:16 AM

Probably surprised ONLY our government. Did not surprise me.

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mitch December 26 2013 at 5:45 AM

i can hear clinton already...."what difference does it make?"

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wes-n-family December 26 2013 at 3:26 AM

your tax dollars at work

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ectullis December 26 2013 at 2:46 AM

The world will not be safe untill all muslims are gone.

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DOUG December 26 2013 at 12:59 AM

Why are we even over there. Bring our troops home! These people hate our guts and would kill any American at the drop of a hat. I have noticed they take our money real fast however. Seems pretty simple. Bring our troops home since the dont want us ther anyway, cut off all financial aide since they dont like us, and let them fight it out amoung themselves.

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jwilli1251 December 26 2013 at 1:37 AM

Well, that WAS-S-S the situation in 1989 when we departed for the same exact reasons you quote. That didn't work out for us, I'm referring to 9-11 2001 attack that was staged and planned in (drum roll) Afghanistan. Seems we have to be there to protect ourselves. I'd rather we get the hell out but I don't want another 9-11 either. No easy simple answers that don't cost us a lot.

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mike0124 December 26 2013 at 12:48 AM

I don't even want to hear this crap ! GET OUT ! LETS FIX AMERICA FIRST !

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ectullis December 26 2013 at 2:49 AM

If and when we leave the muslims will take that as a victory. They will only become more bold.

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merstockgto December 26 2013 at 12:32 AM

The so called Taliban needs to get a constructive life not a destructive one. These terrorists must be so bored.

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Champion December 26 2013 at 12:32 AM

I was in Kabul working at the American Embassy in '66 to '67. From then to now nothing has changed as far as the people and what they do best...FIGHT....that's the only thing they know and evan like to do...fighting among the tribes has been going on for more years than we can count. The British...Russians...and now Americans...have been there trying to change things...the only thing that has changed is the nationality of the people getting killed...and for NO reason....get the hell out of there before more Americans are killed...let them kill themselves...we have better things to do right here in the US of A...

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