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Suicide bomb hits during Hagel visit

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two suicide bombings and a host of looming disagreements with the Afghan president cast a shadow on Saturday over U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s first visit to Afghanistan since taking the post.

Nineteen Afghans were killed — including eight children — in the suicide attacks in Kabul and in the eastern Khost province. A U.S. contractor was killed and four soldiers injured when attackers thought to be Afghan soldiers stormed their base and opened fire Friday, just hours before Hagel arrived.

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