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SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS U.S. WOMAN IN KABUL

A purported Taliban militant who set off grenades strapped to his body on a bustling Kabul shopping street killed an American woman and wounded several others Saturday, including three NATO soldiers, officials said.

A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the assault, which killed the bomber and Jamie Michalsky, 23, who had served in Afghanistan with the Army Reserve for about a year until late last year, according to her stepfather, Dan Everson.

Michalsky, who grew up in Cokato, Minn., had been in Uzbekistan for a translating job, Everson said. She had traveled to Afghanistan to visit a doctor and had been shopping in Kabul when the grenades exploded.

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