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UN Security Council Condemns Attempt on Afghan President

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The UN Security Council has condemned in the strongest terms the assassination attempt against Afghan President Hamid Karzai and other officials in Kabul Sunday.

In statement issued Monday, the Security Council noted that the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Council members underlined the need to bring the perpetrators and all those who supported them to justice.

The Council expressed condolences to the families of the victims and to the people of Afghanistan. Sunday's attack killed three people and wounded 10 others. President Karzai was not harmed.

Also on Monday, NATO spokesman General Carlos Branco said the assassination attempt has not affected the organization's plans to transfer security in the capital to the Afghan National Army.

Branco told VOA (Afghan Service) that Afghan security forces were fully able to react quickly to Sunday's attack. He said the Afghan national army and police could take over Kabul's security as soon as August.

NATO and U.S. troops have been leading Afghanistan's fight against the Taliban since the extremists were driven from power in 2001.

The Taliban says it carried out Sunday's attack on a large military parade to show it can strike anywhere.
Security forces say they killed three attackers and have arrested several people.

A White House spokeswoman (Dana Perino) Monday called the terrorist threat "real" and "deadly."
She said combatting terrorism has to be a top priority for the United States, the Afghan and Iraqi governments, and the NATO alliance.
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