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Kabul Peacekeepers Had Been Warned of Suicide Bombings

International peacekeepers had received numerous warnings of suicide bombing attacks like the one that killed four German soldiers Saturday, and they expect more to come, officials said Sunday. Warnings come in every day, and “we take them all very, very seriously,” International Security Assistance Force Lt. Col. Thomas Lobbering told reporters here Sunday. Yet by their very nature, terrorist attacks can’t be predicted and there is no guarantee they can be avoided, he cautioned. The situation in Kabul, the Afghan capital, “is not yet stable and not yet 100% safe,” so peacekeepers must “continue our mission here although we may expose our lives to threats,” Lobbering said. “And this is at the core of the task of a soldier.” Meanwhile, Afghan state television said Sunday that government forces attacked suspected Taliban strongholds in the southeastern part of the country, killing at least two enemy fighters. Last week, Afghan troops reported killing at least 40 Taliban fighters in the same area, near Spin Buldak, with seven Afghan government soldiers also dying. Full Story

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