KARZAI ESCAPES ATTACK– Taliban Fires On Military Parade

Afghan President Karzai escaped an assassination attempt today at a military parade.

Three were killed as terrorists started shooting from abandoned buildings across the lot including a 10 year-old boy. Three terrorists were killed and three captured by the government officials.

The AP posted video of the attack.

One person was killed and 11 others were injured in the attack.
The BBC has video of the attack that was shown live on national TV.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai salutes just before the gun firing which he survived during a celebration in Kabul April 27, 2008. Karzai was hussled away but escaped unhurt after an assassination attempt during an official celebration in the capital, Kabul, on Sunday. (REUTERS/Omar Sobhani)

The Taliban attacked a military parade in Afghanistan today after President Karzai took the stage with dignitaries and US military commanders.
The AFP reported:

Taliban extremists attacked an Afghan military parade on Sunday, sending thousands of troops and police scattering although President Hamid Karzai and other attending dignitaries were unharmed.

At least one person was killed and 11 others, including two or three parliamentarians, wounded in the attack, an Afghan defence official told AFP.

“We have hospital reports that one person has been killed and 11 others were wounded. Two or three parliament members have been wounded,” said ministry spokesman General Mohammad Zahir Azimi.

Gunfire and explosions erupted after President Karzai had taken the stage following an inspection of troops in what was meant to have been the largest annual parade of Afghanistan’s growing military.

Karzai and the scores of cabinet members, ambassadors, US military commanders assembled on the stage for the event slammed to the floor or were whisked out but they were unharmed, officials said.

So much for the military parade–

Troops scatter after shots rang out at the Afghan military parade today. (Reuters)

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