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Originally published on November 17, 2013
At least 6 people were killed and 22 injured in Kabul on Saturday, after a car bomb exploded near the site where Afghanistan's political and tribal elites are due to gather next week to debate a security pact with the United States.
The blast occurred shortly after 3 p.m., near the gates of Kabul Educational University.
According to AFP, the area was packed with passersby and students.
Afghan officials said that the bomber was targeting a vehicle carrying Afghan National Army personnel.
According to a witness, the suicide bomber, driving a Toyota Corolla vehicle, speeded towards a police checkpoint and then detonated the bomb, Reuters reported.
Covered in blood and dust, he said he was standing across the street behind his parked car when the blast occurred.
"Thank God my car protected me because it was so close. My ears are still ringing," HE said.
A Reuters reporter saw at least six wounded people, as well as a large unchecked fire and numerous smashed cars.
According to the New York Times, more than a dozen cars were destroyed in the blast and blood and pieces of flesh were covering the ground.
Casualties were a mix of soldiers and civilians.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
The explosion came just hours after President Hamid Karzai announced the final draft of the agreement had been completed, after lengthy negotiations between Afghan and US officials.
The agreement is a vital step toward allowing United States forces to remain in the country and continue training the Afghan Army.
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