December 15, 2009 4:41 AM

Suicide blast kills 8 in Kabul near homes of top officials

A suicide bomber killed eight Afghans on Tuesday blocks from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, in an attack that targeted a neighborhood in which many former and current Afghan officials live. Afghan officials said the dead comprised four men and four women and that more than 40 were wounded. Among the possible targets: former Vice President Ahmad Zia Massoud, whose brother's murder by an al Qaida suicide bomber Sept. 9, 2001, was a precursor to the Sept. 11 attacks in New York and Washington.

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