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Suicide car bomber strikes NATO convoy in Kabul, killing 13 Americans and four Afghans

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A foreign soldier investigates the crater caused by an explosion at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul October 29, 2011. At least four people were killed when a suicide car bomber attacked a convoy of foreign soldiers in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Saturday, officials said, with an unspecified number of NATO-led troops among other casualties.

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Two NATO helicopters land on site of a suicide attack near Darul Aman palace in Kabul on October 29, 2011. At least 14 people, including foreign forces, were killed when a Taliban car bomber struck

Massoud Hossaini / AFP - Getty Images

Afghanistan's security force and NATO troops inspect the site after a suicide attack near the Darul Aman palace in Kabul on October 29, 2011. At least 14 people, including foreign forces, were killed when a Taliban car bomber struck a US-run NATO convoy travelling through the Afghan capital Kabul. The attacker detonated his Toyota Sedan car at 11:20 am (0650 GMT) in the southwest of the city, and the area was now blocked by Afghan and international forces, said police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai.

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A man whose relative was killed in a suicide bomb attack, cries in Kabul, Afghanistan, 29 October 2011. A suicide bomb attacker detonated his explosives-filled vehicle near the convoy of NATO soldiers of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) at Dar-ul-Aman square in Kabul, killing at least ten and injuring four others.

The Taliban promptly claimed responsibility for the Kabul attack, which took place near Darulaman Palace, the bombed-out seat of former Afghan kings on the southwest outskirts of the capital. NATO said there were "several" casualties among its forces and Afghan civilians, but did not provide details.

The Kabul attack was the deadliest of three separate incidents Saturday that targeted either the U.S.-led coalition or Afghan government offices in the country.

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