Kabul Suicide Bomb Kills Six as Karzai Says Security Draft Ready

A suicide car bomb near a compound in western Kabul where elders will meet next week killed six people after Afghan President Hamid Karzai told reporters today a draft of a U.S. security agreement is ready for review.

The loya jirga, a national consultative assembly of tribal elders, will bring together almost 3,000 Afghan leaders to discuss the Afghan-U.S. Bilateral Security Agreement. If approved by the gathering and the country’s upper and lower houses of parliament, the accord will permit U.S. forces to maintain a military presence after 2014 in a bid to go after al-Qaeda, train and equip Afghan forces.

The fatalities include two Afghan security soldiers and four civilians while 22 others were wounded in the attack, Seddiq Siddiqui, a spokesman for interior ministry, said in a phone interview.

The bomb also destroyed several police and civilian vehicles and smashed windows of a nearby campus of Kabul Education University and residences, it said.

The bomber and his vehicle came under fire by police after he was recognized, according to a statement from the interior ministry. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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