Twenty dead as U.S., Afghans battle suicide bombers
May 12, 2009
FISNIK ABRASHI Associated Press Writers KABUL
Eleven Taliban suicide bombers attacked government buildings in eastern Afghanistan today, sparking running gunbattles that killed at least 20 people and wounded three U.S. troops, officials said. U.S. and Afghan troops freed 20 hostages taken by the insurgents. The assault began around 10 a.m. when a suicide bomber in a burqa attacked the governor's compound in Khost, an eastern city on the border with Pakistan that houses a major American base. That blast was followed soon after by a suicide car bomb explosion, said Wazir Pacha, the spokesman...