Suicide terrorists targeted a Kabul guesthouse early Wednesday morning just hours after President Barack Obama announced in a surprise visit that a “new day” has arrived in the war on terror.
Six people, including one guard, were killed in the two explosions, and the U.S. embassy in Kabul warned its staff to “take cover [and] move away from windows.” The embassy was placed under lockdown.
"Duck and cover here at the embassy. Not a drill - avoid the area," the embassy tweeted.
President Obama arrived in Afghanistan Tuesday night for a surprise six-hour visit exactly one year after the elimination of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a daring U.S. Navy SEALs raid on his million dollar compound in Pakistan.
President Obama celebrated in Kabul what he said will be a victory over Al Qaeda and promised, "We can see the light of a new day,"
Taliban terrorists responded with the suicide bombings, for which they took responsibility, and announced in a text message to AFP, "Today a devoted mujahid carried out a suicide car bomb attack on a foreign military base in Kabul, followed by other devoted mujahids (holy warriors) entering the base.”
During his quick visit, President Obama said he and Afghanistan's president Hamid Karazi signed a new pact for a 10-year American aid program after the departure of NATO troops in two years.
"Neither Americans nor the Afghan people asked for this war, yet for a decade we've stood together," President Obama said. "We look forward to a future of peace. We're agreeing to be long-term partners.”