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Taliban: Afghan Blast Targeted Americans

A bomb ripped through a bustling Kandahar bazaar Saturday, wounding 20 Afghans, in an attack the Taliban say targeted — but missed — U.S. soldiers. The blast highlighted the new cycle of violence against soldiers and civilians that threatens plans for a national election supposed to cement Afghanistan’s emergence from anarchy. Taliban fighters claimed responsibility, saying the blast was aimed at American soldiers, but went off late. The bomb, apparently attached to a parked motorcycle or bicycle, exploded in front of a hotel at about 12:30 p.m. in the city’s main commercial district. Six shops were leveled. Broken glass from the shattered hotel front littered the ground, stained by the victims’ blood. The wounded included three children, Afghan state TV reported. href=”http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=514&e=4&u=/ap/20031206/ap_on_re_as/afghan_explosion”> Full Story

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