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Suicide Bomber Attacks Nearby During Hagel ISAF Meeting: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was in a briefing at a

Suicide Bomber Attacks Nearby During Hagel ISAF Meeting By Karen Parrish American Forces Press Service KABUL, Afghanistan, March 9, 2013 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was in a briefing at a NATO International Security Assistance Force facility here today when a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb outside the Afghan Defense Ministry just before 9 a.m. local time. The attack killed nine and injured 14, according to first reports from Afghan officials. The initial blast was followed by small-arms fire. ISAF officials said no coalition troops were directly involved. Later in the day during a visit to Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan, Hagel told reporters traveling with him that he wasn’t sure what the blast was when he first heard it. “I was in a briefing – but we’re in a war zone,” the secretary said. “I’ve been in a war. So you shouldn’t be surprised when a bomb goes off.”...

Full article: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=119480

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