Explosion Hits Kabul Prior to Security Talks

Leaders to discuss agreement to keep U.S. forces past 2014


A powerful car bomb detonated Saturday in Kabul, just a few hundred yards from a tent where Afghan elders and leaders are set to consider a potential security agreement allowing U.S. forces to remain in the country past 2014.

The explosion occurred when a vehicle attempted to breach a security perimeter near Kabul Polytechnic University, where President Hamid Karzai and more than 2,000 other Afghan officials will begin meeting Thursday to discuss terms of a bilateral accord with the United States.