Recent major attacks in Afghanistan


--Oct. 29: A suicide bomber driving a van loaded with explosives hits a armored NATO bus, killing 12 Americans, one Canadian and four Afghans in Kabul.

--Sept. 20: An insurgent with a bomb wrapped in his turban assassinates former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani, who was leading a government effort to broker peace with the Taliban. The explosion kills four bodyguards and also wounds of a key presidential adviser working to lure Taliban fighters off the battlefield.

--Sept. 13: Taliban insurgents fire rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles at the U.S. Embassy, NATO headquarters and other buildings, killing seven Afghans in the coordinated daylight attack. No embassy or NATO staff members were hurt.

--Aug. 19: Taliban suicide bombers storm the British Council, the U.K.'s international cultural relations body, killing eight people during an eight-hour firefight as two English language teachers and their bodyguard hid in a locked panic room on the anniversary of the country's independence from Britain.

--Aug. 6: A CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashes in eastern Wardak province after being hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, killing 30 U.S. special operation troops, a translator, and seven Afghan commandos.

--June 29: Nine insurgents armed with explosive vests, rifles and rocket launchers storm the InterContinental Hotel in Kabul, killing at least 12 people and holding off NATO and Afghan forces for five hours.

-- June 19: Suicide bomber hits German NATO convoy in Kunduz in the north, killing three civilians, wounding 11 others.

--April 27: A veteran Afghan military pilot opens fire at Kabul's airport, killing eight U.S. troops and an American civilian contractor.

--Jan. 28: A suicide bomber attacks a Western-style supermarket in the capital, killing eight inside.


--May 18: A Taliban suicide bomber attacks a NATO convoy in Kabul, killing 18 people including five U.S. troops, most of them colonels, as well as a Canadian officer.

--Feb. 26: Suicide attackers strike two residential hotels in Kabul, killing 20 people, including seven Indian nationals.

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