Afghanistan: Suicide bomber wounds 7 NATO troops

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February 20, 2007 17:24

 
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Seven NATO troops, described by local officials as Americans, were wounded Tuesday in a thwarted suicide attack at a city hospital in eastern Afghanistan, while Afghan forces in the west recaptured a town that fell to Taliban militants the previous day. The suicide bomber, wearing a doctor's white coat, was initially stopped by Afghan police as he entered the compound of the main government hospital in the city of Khost, where about 150 people had gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open an emergency ward. The bomber ran off as he was being questioned, and NATO troops shot him several times before one soldier "wrestled him to the ground, restraining him long enough to allow the crowd of people to move safely away," a statement from the Western military alliance said.

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