May 18, 2013
Car bomb kills six after Obama leaves Afghan capital
A car bomb exploded outside a compound housing Westerners in Kabul today hours after President Barack Obama signed a security pact during a short visit to a city that remains vulnerable to a resilient insurgency.
Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the suicide attack on the eastern outskirts of the capital that killed at least six people, a Gurkha guard and five passers-by, and wounded 17. A young girl was among those killed.
The Taliban said it was in response to Obama's visit and to the long-term strategic partnership deal he signed with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, a pact that sets out a long-term US role after most foreign combat troops leave by the end of 2014.
Obama's visit came a year after US special forces troops killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the architect of the September 11, 2001 attacks, in a raid in neighboring Pakistan.