Sunday, April 27, 2008

Afghan president escapes attack

Afghan president escapes deadly parade attack



KABUL (AFP) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai escaped unharmed Sunday after militants attacked a high-profile military parade with rockets and gunfire, killing at least one person and wounding 11 including legislators.

The extremist Taliban movement claimed responsibility for the daring attack, denying however it was an assassination attempt on Karzai.

Bullets apparently from sniper fire ricocheted off the top of a stage where the president and other officials had gathered to review the parade, a witness told AFP.

There were also several large explosions, likely from rocket-propelled grenades, other witnesses said.

Karzai and dozens of assembled cabinet members, ambassadors and US military commanders ducked for cover as the onslaught began, officials said.


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