August 17, 2008 - 12:50pm
By FISNIK ABRASHI
Associated Press Writer
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The Afghan police ordered 7,000 officers onto the streets of Kabul to guard against attacks on senior leaders during Independence Day celebrations Monday, responding to signs of the Taliban's growing strength near the capital.
Even the location of the celebration of Afghanistan's 89th anniversary of independence from Britain was kept secret and will be closed to the public to try to minimize the risk insurgents could again disrupt a national commemoration.
In April, gunmen in a rented hotel room fired on Afghan President Hamid Karzai at a military parade in Kabul as he sat in the the review stands. Karzai escaped injury, but the attack killed three people, including a lawmaker.