Afghan spy boss killed in blast outside Kabul
The attack came hours after the Pentagon said a member of the Taliban was killed in a suicide attack in the Afghan capital. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the bomb attack was carried out by the same bomber on his way to U.S. Air Force base at Kandahar airport, about two miles from the U.S. consulate in Kabul.
A Taliban spokesman identified the bomber as "Abu Muhammad."
Abu Muhammad entered Afghanistan in 2009, but left just a few days after he returned from the war in Iraq, the spokesman said.
The Taliban has waged a four-decade insurgency in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but it has been defeated in many of those conflicts.
"We have the sense of an enemy who is determined to attack at any cost, and we intend to use any means necessary in this battle against them," Mohammad Hamed told Reuters at the base in Kabul. "This will be our fight, no matter what happens."
The Pentagon did not say whether the bomber planned to bomb a police facility, the consulate, or a commercial or hotel where American civilians might be in danger.
Mujahid said another Taliban commander was dead in the explosion near the consulate, the second such attack by a suicide bomber in the same area in less than a week.
The Pentagon had not disclosed the identity of the bomber.
A U.S. official said American officials have been in contact with Afghans of several tribes and clans involved in the security of foreign embassies and consulates around Afghanistan, as well as the military in Kabul. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive diplomatic discussions.
KABUL - A U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the White House, through the State Department, was informed of the attack early on Wednesday by the National Security Council. The official said the White House would send a team to Kabul for an assessment of the situation.
The Associated Press reported that a foreign media outlet named one of the dead as Nihad Karzai, the uncle of current Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the uncle of former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who was recently appointed to a new term, said in a statement that he called Nihad Karzai and offered condolences for the death of his uncle and offered condolences to the Afghan people.
The president said, however, that the U.S. has nothing to gain from the tragedy, and there were no U.S. forces in the area.
Karzai's spokesman said the president did not travel to the base, and the U.S. Embassy told the AP that Nihad Karza
New speed limits in south Vancouver and Peel-Peel Regional Municipality
By By Tim Bajak
May 18, 2013, 3:34 pm EDT Share this article:
Two of the top Vancouver streets with slowest average speeds have been extended to 60 mph on Tuesday, June 28.
At the speed limit of 60 mph (100 km/h), the busy Main Street between Yaletown and Surrey West, and Victoria Park Boulevard in Burnaby, are considered slower than in the past by city staff. The downtown street in both municipalities will be extended to 75 mph from July 1, while the east side of Yaletown Boulevard in Burnaby will get an additional speed bump of 30 mph to 75 mph, from May 1.
The city's traffic engineers have been working on this for several years to make the street more appropriate for drivers. The old speed limit for Main Street was 80 mph. That average speed on Main was 30 km/h, but now, it's 70 km/h. And this is being done on a day in July, when the sun will still be shining.
According to the city's report, the speed-limit increase to 75 mph is due to traffic congestion in downtown Toronto. But why?
Speed-limit increases were previously implemented to protect safety, especially pedestrians, by speeding up traffic by making streets less dangerous.
In an email to the press, a city spokesperson said traffic conditions will not affect these proposed speeds, even though there will be shorter wait times in downtown Toronto for the new traffic on Main Street.
These new speeds "include a 50% reduction for a 40 km/h cycle on Yaletown" and "include a 30% reduction for a 50 km/h cycle on Burnaby Boulevard," according to the city's report.
In addition, the city's decision to increase the speed limit to 75 mph applies to all sections of all three streets at once. So, if Yaletown Avenue in Vancouver and Burnaby Avenue in Peel-Peel are both extended to 80 mph, then all three streets will be over 80 mph once again on May 1.
There will also be new speed zones on Queen Mary in Vancouver (75 mph) and on Yaletown South (75 mph) as a result of the new speed limits.
To get the speed on Yaletown South in Burnaby to 75 mph, you would have to wait at least 25 minutes instead of just 30 minutes.
"This decision will protect both public safety and public accessibility," said a City of Vancouver transportation official in the statement.
This article will continue to follow this story as it develops.
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