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Car Bomb in Afghan Capital Kills at Least 7 - 2004-08-29


At least seven people have been killed in a car bomb attack outside the offices of a U.S. security firm in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

A statement from President Hamid Karzai said the dead included two Americans, three Nepalese and two Afghans --one of which was a child.

The private American firm, Dyncorp, provides security guards for President Karzai.

The country's ousted Taleban government claimed responsibility for the attack late Sunday.

A U.S. military statement says it provided immediate emergency medical treatment to the injured. It also condemned the attack and said it would assist local officials with an investigation.

The attack came one day after U.S. military officials said an explosion in southeastern Afghanistan killed at least nine children and one adult at a religious school in Paktia province. Fifteen people were injured.

Information for this report is provided by AFP, Reuters and AP.

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