Suicide bombers kill four at US aid compound

Suicide bombers attacked a US international development compound today in northern Afghanistan, killing at least four people and wounding several others.

One attacker blew up a sports utility vehicle at the USAID compound entrance, killing an Afghan man working as a security guard, said General Abdul Razaq Yaqoubi, chief of police in Kunduz province.

At least five other attackers stormed the building used by Development Alternatives, a global consulting company that has a USAID contract to work on local governance and community development issues.

An Afghan policeman and two foreign workers – one from Germany and the others from the Philippines – were killed in the fighting, said General Murad Ali Murad, a commander for the Afghan National Army.

The bodies of five suicide attackers were recovered from two floors of the building.

“This attack shows the insurgents’ desire to prevent progress, and draws attention to their true goal of serving themselves rather than the people of Afghanistan,” said Nato spokeswoman Captain Jane Campbell.

Coalition troops provided assistance to Afghan security forces and helped wounded civilians at a nearby Nato base, she said.

Violence is rising in Afghanistan and concern is growing in Washington and other allied capitals over the direction of the war. The 120,000-member Nato-led force is awaiting the arrival of a new commander, General David Petraeus, who has warned of hard fighting this summer.

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