Suicide bombers strike near US base in Kabul, kill two guards

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KABUL - A pair of suicide bombers in Afghan military uniforms penetrated the most heavily guarded district of this capital early today, killing two Afghan security guards and wounding five civilians in blasts at a checkpoint near the main U.S. military headquarters and half a dozen other international facilities.

Police officials said the bombers’ target was probably Camp Eggers, the large U.S. military compound that occupies several square blocks of the exclusive Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood. But a spokesman for the radical Islamist Taliban movement said the attack was aimed at a CIA compound and that “a large number” of insurgents had participated.

The attack during morning rush hour immediately intensified public worries of violence during the Shiite Muslim holy period of Moharram, which will climax Sunday with street processions and ritual self-flagellation. Last year during Moharram, a terrorist bombing near a Shiite shrine in Kabul took 54 lives.

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