Taliban Claims Attack Aimed At Cheney

February 27, 2007

Vice President Dick Cheney says he heard a loud explosion. Then, he was rushed into a bomb shelter. "It's a bad, bad day, one U.S. soldier said following a suicide bombing outside a major U.S. base in Afghanistan.

Cheney was deep inside the base when the bomber blew himself up at the main gate. A man, claiming to be a spokesman for the Taliban says -his group knew Cheney was there and he was their target. But the
military says, the Vice President was never in danger.

"We have robust security on the perimeter and of course we have redundant security points, deep into the base and he was perfectly safe within the base" said William Mitchell, U.S. marine corps.

The Vice President was not harmed but the explosion killed more than
20 people. According to the military a U.S. service member is among
the dead.

Administration officials call the suicide bombing "a propaganda
move that unfortunately caused the loss of U.S. and Afghan lives.

After the explosion the Vice President met with Afghan president
Hamid Karzai then, headed home to Washington. Cheney told reporters,
he thinks the Taliban is trying to find ways to question the Afghan
government's authority and today's suicide bombing was one of them.

But, the Vice President insists, this deadly attack shouldn't affect
America's mission in the region.

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