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Two Afghan workers dead in attack on U.S. contractor

Dec 17th, 2012 - International News

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two Afghan workers are reported dead after a car bomb went off outside a compound housing a U.S. military contractor in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

Police and company representatives say more than a dozen other people were wounded.

A security officer for the Virginia-based company Contrack, which builds facilities for military bases, says a suicide attacker drove a vehicle packed with explosives to the exterior wall of the compound and detonated the bomb. Afghan police say they can't confirm if it was a suicide attack.

The Taliban are claiming responsibility for the attack, saying a suicide car bomber targeted the compound because it was a company working with the Afghan government.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, a suspected landmine has killed 10 young girls. Police say they think the device was an unexploded mine that had been placed there years ago, and was triggered as the girls walked through an open field, gathering firewood.

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