Petraeus arrives in Afghanistan as 5 killed in Taliban attack

http://news-updations.blogspot.comNew U.S. commander Gen. David Petraeus arrived in Afghanistan Friday, a day marred by violence in a part of the troubled nation and that was relatively peaceful a year ago.

Petraeus arrived at NATO headquarters in Kabul in the evening, the International Security Assistance Force said.

Earlier in the day, Taliban militants in the northern city of the Kunduz attacked the compound of a U.S. aid agency subcontractor, killing at least five people and wounding 20 others, government officials said.

On the day of Petraeus' arrival, the brazen attack served as the grim reminder for international forces that they faced a difficult challenge in overcoming the Taliban insurgency, which many say has been gaining momentum. A year ago, places like Kunduz were regarded as safe -- but not anymore.

The pre-dawn raid started when a suicide bomber on the foot and another in a car detonated at the gate of the compound, said Mohammad Omar, the provincial governor. Following the initial assault, four gunmen stormed the facility, firing machine guns and throwing hand grenades, according Omar.

Three of the dead were foreigners -- a Filipino, a Briton and a German, Omar said.

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