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Afghan vice-president was one of targets in Kabul attacks
Kabul, Afghanistan, April 15, 2012
First Published: 19:49 IST(15/4/2012)
Last Updated: 19:50 IST(15/4/2012)
Smoke rises from a hotel after it was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade in Kabul, Afghanistan. AP photo

One of President Hamid Karzai's two deputies, Mohammad Karim Khalili, was a target of coordinated suicide attacks that hit Kabul on Sunday, an intelligence official said.

Lutfullah Mashal, a spokesman for the Directorate of National Secruity (NDS), said the group tasked with attacking Khalili's home in west Kabul was captured before reaching their target.

"Two of them were (would-be) suicide bombers and another armed individual were captured. They were intending attacking the home of Mr Khalili. They were armed with suicide vests, guns and other explosives," Mashal told AFP.

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