Bomb kills 6 in Kabul ahead of key meeting of tribal leaders

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Associated Press

Posted on November 16, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 16 at 1:03 PM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan capital has been hit with a suicide bombing, hours after President Hamid Karzai announced U.S. and Afghan negotiators had agreed on a draft deal allowing U.S. troops to remain in the country beyond 2014.

Officials say the car bomber attacked security forces protecting the site where thousands of tribal leaders are to gather next week to discuss the deal. Six people were killed and 22 wounded.

The Defense Ministry says a vehicle packed with explosives rammed into an armored vehicle posted about 200 yards from the giant tent where the meeting is to be held.

An Interior Ministry spokesman says security forces had prior knowledge of the attack but were unable to stop it. He did not elaborate.

Karzai has called 3,000 elders, clerics, parliamentarians and other influential figures to debate the Bilateral Security Agreement, which would allow U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan after the final withdrawal of international combat troops at the end of 2014.

Karzai says without the approval of the assembly, known as the Loya Jirga (LOY'-uh JUR'-guh), the agreement most likely won't be signed. If it is approved, it still must be voted on by the parliament.

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146-c-17-(Kathy Gannon, AP correspondent)-"the Loya Jirga"-AP correspondent Kathy Gannon reports a suicide bombing in Kabul was timed with the announcement of a draft security deal between the U.S. and Afghanistan that will be debated next week. (16 Nov 2013)

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149-c-19-(Kathy Gannon, AP correspondent)-"a U.S. court"-AP correspondent Kathy Gannon reports approval of the broad and long-term security agreement may hinge on one specific issue. (16 Nov 2013)

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147-c-18-(Kathy Gannon, AP correspondent)-"Afghanistan after 2014"-AP correspondent Kathy Gannon reports the deadly suicide attack near the site of the upcoming Loya Jirga was meant as a warning to that council of elders. ((Loya Jirga is pronounced LOY'-uh JUR'-guh)) (16 Nov 2013)

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148-c-19-(Kathy Gannon, AP correspondent)-"national security forces"-AP correspondent Kathy Gannon reports on what would happen if the security agreement with the U.S. is rejected. (16 Nov 2013)

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APPHOTO ANS111: Afghan policemen remove a damaged car after a powerful suicide vehicle bomb tore through the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. The deadly bomb targeted a site where thousands of elders are to gather next week to discuss a controversial security agreement with the United States, which would allow U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan after the final withdrawal of international combat troops at the end of 2014, officials said. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus) (16 Nov 2013)

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APPHOTO ANS107: Afghan policemen secure the scene after a suicide vehicle bomb tore Kabul, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. The deadly bomb targeted a site where thousands of elders are to gather next week to discuss a controversial security agreement with the United States, which would allow U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan after the final withdrawal of international combat troops at the end of 2014, officials said. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus) (16 Nov 2013)

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