Explosions in Kabul follow Obama's surprise visit to Afghanistan

Posted May 2, 2012 by Anne Sewell
Five explosions hit the Afghan capital on Wednesday, resulting in at least seven deaths. The attacks follow the surprise visit of U.S. President Barack Obama to the country.
Explosions in Kabul following visit by President Barack Obama.
Explosions in Kabul following visit by President Barack Obama.
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Digital Journal reported yesterday on the surprise trip President Barack Obama made to Afghanistan on May 1, 2012.
Obama was in Kabul to sign a strategic agreement to cement U.S. military and financial support to Afghanistan beyond the 2014 withdrawal. Obama also made an address to the American nation from the military base at Bagram, showcasing his military achievements and also promising to end the war “responsibly.”
On Wednesday, Kabul was hit by at least five explosions which have resulted in the deaths of a minimum of seven people. Among the dead are a Gurkha security guard and a child. Around 19 people were injured in the blasts.
The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the bombings, which involved four suicide bombers. Along with the blasts, sporadic shooting was heard in the city.
Kabul's police chief, Mohammed Ayoub Salangi told AFP that among the explosions was a suicide car bomb which struck the Jalalabad road area. This area is home to several foreign military bases.
Reuters reported that Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, has claimed responsibility for the blasts in a telephone call to the news agency, "One of our mujahedeen detonated his car in front of a military base. Other mujahedeen are inside the base fighting. There are very heavy casualties for the enemy,"
Two other blasts happened close to the so-called "Green Village", which is an area where many UN and EU employees reside.