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Afghan police: NATO convoy attacked in Kabul, casualties reported
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) ' Afghan police say a suicide bomber has attacked a NATO convoy in the capital Kabul.
Kabul Police Chief Gen. Mohammad Ayub Salangi says there are casualties. Vehicles are burning at the scene and wounded individuals are being treated on the pavement.
Saturday's attack took place near Darulaman Palace, the bombed-out seat of former Afghan kings on the outskirts of the capital.
A reporter with The Associated Press at the scene says NATO helicopters have taken away casualties.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) ' A female suicide bomber blew herself up on Saturday as she tried to attack a local government office in the capital of Kunar province, a hotbed of militancy in northeast Afghanistan along the Pakistan border.
Abdul Sabor Allayar, deputy provincial police chief, said the guards outside the government's intelligence office in Asad Abad became suspicious of the woman and started shooting, at which point she detonated her explosives.
There were no other casualties inthe attack.
Afghan and U.S.-led coalition forces conducted operations earlier this month, killing more than 100 insurgents in an effort to curb violence in rugged areas of Kunar where the coalition and Afghan government have a light footprint.
Farther south along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, Afghan and coalition forces captured two leaders of the Haqqani network and two other suspected insurgents in Sarobi district of Paktika province, the coalition said.
Haqqani fighters, who are affiliated with the Taliban and al-Qaida, are heavily rooted in Paktika and neighboring Paktia and Khost provinces.
One of the captured leaders provided insurgent fighters with funding, weapons, supplies and hideouts, and the other coordinated attacks against Afghan forces, the coalition said.