Transcript for Afghanistan Bombing Timed to Coincide With Chuck Hagel Visit
Good morning, everyone. A deadly bombing in the capital of afghanistan, timed to coincide with the new u.S. Secretary's visit to the country. Nine civilians were kill bid a suicide bomber this morning. Muhammad lila joins us with the late Reporter: Good morning, ron. This explo was loud, powerful, and the taliban say it was a direct message to the secretary of defense. the attack happened this morning, sending nearby coalition military bases into lockdown. I saw dead bodies, he says. Wounded people lying everywhere. People started shooting randomly. We managed to escape. It happened outside the afghan ministry of defense complex. The taliban are claiming responsibility, saying in a statement, this attack was a message to him. Afghan officials say the suicide bomber was on a bicycle when he detonated. Killing at least nine afghan civilian, including children. If explosion so strong, this blast-proof wall littered with holes from shrapnel. Haguen is on his first official visit to afghanistan as secretary of defense. Just yesterday he said this. We're still at war. I think most americans, the congress, the media, understand that. Reporter: There are still 68,000 american troops in afghanistan. Even as the military draws down, today's take another reminder that this war is far from over.
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