Taliban: French minister target of Afghan attacker

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The French government has condemned ‘in the strongest terms’ a suicide attack in Afghanistan that targeted the French defence minister on a visit to Kabul

The Taliban said its aim was to kill Gérard Longuet who had arrived the evening before the attack.

An assailant dressed in Afghan army uniform opened fire in the country’s defence ministry building killing two soldiers and wounding seven others.

A ministry spokesman said he was shot dead before he had the chance to detonate the suicide-bomb belt he was also wearing. The French embassy in Kabul said Longuet was not in the ministry building at the time.

It is the third attack on security targets in Afghanistan over the last four days, all carried out by men in army uniform. The violence is likely to focus concern about handing over responsibility for security to Afghan forces, due to start this year.