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Suicide Bombers Kill 3 in Afghan East, Kabul Attack Foiled

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Afghan authorities say suicide bombers have killed three Afghan security personnel in the country's east, while an attempted suicide bombing in a sensitive area of Kabul was foiled.

In one of Sunday's attacks, a suicide car bomber rammed a vehicle into the gate of an intelligence compound in the eastern city of Jalalabad. Officials said the blast killed two agents of the National Directorate of Security and wounded three others. In another attack, a suicide car bomber struck a police checkpoint in the nearby town of Puli Alam, killing one officer. Taliban militants claimed responsibility for both bombings.

Authorities said security forces thwarted an additional suicide car bombing in Kabul by shooting and killing the would-be assailant. They said the incident happened near a construction site in a part of the capital housing government and foreign diplomatic offices. Insurgents had staged a large-scale attack in the area last April.

Taliban militants have been fighting an 11-year Islamist insurgency against the Western-backed Afghan government. The insurgents frequently stage bombings and shootings against Afghan security forces and their NATO allies. U.S.-led forces ousted the Taliban from power in a 2001 invasion.

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