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Taliban Targeted Cheney In Bombing Attempt

From a disappointed ABC News:

A U.S. soldier stands guard as a man stands by a body after a suicide blast outside the main U.S. military base in Bagram February 27, 2007. U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney heard the bomb attack at the gate of Bagram Airbase where he had spent the night and was briefly moved to a bomb shelter, he said on Tuesday.

Cheney Targeted in Assassination Attempt

Taliban Says a Suicide Bomber Outside U.S. Air Base in Afghanistan Was Targeting Cheney

By JONATHAN KARL

Feb. 27, 2007 — A suicide bomber struck at the main entrance to Bagram air base in Afghanistan today, as Vice President Dick Cheney was visiting.

Immediately after the attack, a red alert traveled throughout the base — a red alert that we heard saying that the base was under direct attack.

At least nine people were killed, officials tell ABC News. Associated Press reporters at the scene said that they had seen the bodies of at least 12 people, and that they had been carried in black body bags and wooden coffins from near the base into a market area where hundreds of Afghans had gathered to mourn.

A Taliban spokesperson has claimed responsibility, saying the intended target was in fact Cheney. The bomber never got near Cheney.

Maj. William Mitchell said it did not appear the explosion was intended as a threat to the vice president. “He wasn’t near the site of the explosion,” Mitchell said. “He was safely within the base at the time of the explosion.”

However, Qari Yousef Ahmadi, a purported Taliban spokesman, said Cheney was the target of the attack.

“We knew that Dick Cheney would be staying inside the base,” Ahmadi told AP telephone [sic] from an undisclosed location. “The attacker was trying to reach Cheney.” …

 The Taliban hate Mr. Cheney almost as much as the left does.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, February 27th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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