Afghanistan: Taliban bomb peace conference

Afghanistan‘s President Hamid Karzai has convened a jirga, or assembly of tribal leaders, to discuss a plan to reach out to the Taliban and broker peace June 2. Assailants with suicide vests, rockets and machine guns disrupted the opening ceremonies at the cavernous meeting tent on Kabul’s Polytechnic University campus, sparking a 45-minute gun battle. The attachers apparently used women’s burqas to sneak into the area. Two men were killed and a third was arrested. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. (AP, McClatchy Newspapers, NPR, June 2)