Taliban Suicide Bombers Kill 7 in Kabul

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Two Taliban suicide bombers attacked Afghan soldiers in Kabul Wednesday morning, killing seven people and wounding 19 others, just a day after the new government and the United States signed a joint security agreement that the Taliban called “an unforgettable treason.”

In the first attack at 6:30 a.m., a suicide car bomber crashed into an army bus carrying officers on the way to work, killing seven army personnel and wounding 15 people, Ministry of Defense Spokesman General Zahir Azimi said. Minutes later, another suicide bomber on foot targeted an army vehicle Tarakhil, east of the Kabul, wounding two army officers and two civilians.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for both attacks and bragged about the bombings on Twitter. The attacks came a day after the new Afghan government and a U.S. ambassador signed a long-awaited deal that would allow a number of U.S. troops to remain in the country beyond 2014. New Afghan President Ashraf Ghani hailed the deal as “a turning point in our relations with world.”

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