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Suicide blast in Afghan capital after Obama leaves

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Afghan police personnel gesture as they evacuate onlookers from the site of a suicide bomb attack in Kabul on Wednesday, May 2.

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Afghan security forces members inspect the site of a car bomb attack in Kabul on Wednesday.

NBC News and msnbc.com news services reports: A suicide bomber rammed a car full of explosives into a blast wall in the Afghan capital on Wednesday, an interior ministry spokesman said. Sediq Sediqqi said that there was only one attacker, dismissing reports that more than one insurgent was involved in the assault against a housing compound for westerners.

Police chief Ayub Salangi told Reuters the car bomb exploded on Jalalabad road, the main road out of the capital heading east, where several U.S. military bases and compounds housing Westerners are located. A guard and five civilians were killed. Salangi told NBC News that one of the civilians is a school child.

At least six people were killed in an early morning suicide attack in the Afghan capital, hours after a surprise visit to the country by President Obama. Msnbc.com's Dara Brown reports.

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More than ten years after the beginning of the war, Afghanistan faces external pressure to reform as well as ongoing internal conflicts.

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