That’s a welcoming to remember!
Militants staged two suicide attacks that killed at least 19 people on Saturday, the first full day of U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's visit to Afghanistan. They were a fresh reminder of the challenges posed by insurgents to the U.S.-led NATO force as it hands over the country's security to the Afghans.
"This attack was a message to him," Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said of Hagel, in an email to reporters about one of the bombings, outside the country's Defense Ministry in Kabul. He did not comment on the other attack.
Hagel was nowhere near the Kabul blast, but heard it across the city. He told reporters traveling with him that he wasn't sure what it was when he heard the explosion.