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UN Restricts Staff After Kabul Bombing

29 September 2005 -- The United Nations announced today that it has restricted the movement of its staff in Kabul in the wake of yesterday's deadly suicide bombing in the Afghan capital.

UN spokesman Adrian Edwards said UN staff members in Kabul, already under nighttime curfew, have been placed on restricted movement as a precaution.

Afghan officials said today that the suicide bomb attack at a military training center in the Afghan capital yesterday killed at least 12 Afghans, most of them army soldiers. It was one of the bloodiest attacks since the U.S.-led invasion to oust the Taliban regime in late 2001.

Neo-Taliban elements claimed responsibility for the attack and vowed there would be more.

Neo-Taliban and their sympathizers had sought to derail the parliamentary elections that took place on 18 September -- the country's first national legislative elections in more than 30 years.


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