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Saturday, October 25, 2008

I'm heading to Kabul on Thursday


and the news from there isn't particularly cheery...
A gunfire attack killed two Western employees of the international shipping firm DHL in Afghanistan's capital on Saturday, police said. An Afghan was also killed.

The shooting took place in front of the DHL office in downtown Kabul. The city's deputy police chief said the two slain foreigners were German, but another police official, Abdul Raouf, later identified them as a Briton and a South African. Two Afghans were wounded.

The slain employees were the director and deputy director for DHL in Afghanistan, said Zemeri Bashary, the Interior Ministry spokesman.


The attack follows the slaying in Kabul of a dual South African-British citizen by gunmen earlier in the week. The Taliban immediately claimed responsibility for that shooting, saying the woman had been proselytizing.

Security has deteriorated around Afghanistan in the last two years, although violence against Westerners in the capital has been relatively rare.

Also Saturday, international security companies warned their clients in Kabul about intelligence indicating that militants were planning a large-scale attack on a restaurant frequented by Westerners.

to top it off, i'm going to be staying at the hotel that was the target of a suicide bomb attack last january...

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