Suicide bombers, gunmen kill 17 in Afghan capital

Taliban fighters, some wearing suicide vests, attacked Afghanistan's Justice Ministry and another government building Wednesday, killing 17 people and wounding 46, officials and a Taliban spokesman said. The coordinated attacks - in the heart of Kabul and close to the presidential palace - struck just ahead of a planned visit by Richard Holbrooke, President Barack Obama's special envoy to the region. Eight assailants also died in the attacks, bringing the total death toll to 25, said Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi. He said all the attackers had suicide vests, but only three assailants set them off. Five men armed with assault rifles and grenades attacked the Justice Ministry in late morning. All were killed in an ensuing gunbattle with security forces, Azimi said.