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Up To 16 Dead In U.S. Kabul Embassy Bombing

Scene of car bombing in Kabul on September 8 (epa) KABUL, September 8, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Up to 16 people are reported to have been killed in a suicide car bomb attack close to the U.S. Embassy in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

The U.S. military says two U.S. soldiers died in the attack.

"I am on the street, and I am looking at the dead bodies," a witness told RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan shortly after the blast. "I can see the bodies of at least three foreigners. It was a huge explosion. At least two cars have been badly damaged, and I can see body parts spread out as far as 300 meters from the blast."

AP quoted a U.S. military spokesperson as saying a U.S. convoy was the target of the attack.

(with agency reports)

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