On Wednesday, Afghan mourners offer funeral prayers for a victim killed in Tuesday's bomb blast in Kabul. The Taliban said it carried out the brazen assault near the defense ministry, which would mark the first major Taliban attack in the Afghan capital since the insurgents announced the start of this year's fighting season. Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A wounded Afghan police officer is helped from the scene of Friday's explosion and gunfire in Kabul. Omar Sobhani /Reuters /Landov hide caption

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A man grieves as others try to help victims and remove bodies from the scene in Kabul earlier today (Dec. 6, 2011) after a suicide bomb exploded in a crowd of Shiite worshipers. Massoud Hossaini /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Inter-Continental hotel in seen in the dark as tracer bullets are shot during an attack in Kabul. Massoud Hossaini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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