Nov. 16 - An apparent suicide attack strikes Kabul near the venue for talks between Afghan political and tribal leaders and the United States. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) An apparent suicide attack struck Kabul on Saturday near the venue for talks between Afghan political and tribal leaders and the United States. In a major security breach, the large blast was heard soon after 3pm local time in the west of the city, a Reuters witness at the scene said. A Kabul police spokesman, Hashmat Stanekzai, confirmed the blast and said there were casualties but could not immediately confirm a number. The blast occurred less than a hundred meters from a huge tent where more than 2,000 prominent Afghans will gather on Thursday to debate a security agreement with the United States that would go into place once the NATO mission ends next year. A man fleeing the bombing, Mohammad Amin, who was dazed and covered in blood and dust, said he saw a white vehicle speed towards a police checkpoint and explode. A Reuters reporter saw at least six wounded people, as well as a large unchecked fire and numerous damaged cars. The attack was on a road about 80 meters (240 feet) from the entrance to the compound of the Loya Jirga, a traditional Afghan meeting convened to debate matters of national importance which includes thousands of tribal elders, politicians and other elites.