Attacks rock Kabul ahead of vote, Afghan government asks for media silence

Wednesday, August 19, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

KABUL — Insurgents struck the Afghan capital two days before national elections, firing rockets or mortars at the presidential palace and unleashing a suicide car bomber on a NATO convoy. Alarmed, the government asked news media not to report violent acts on the day of the vote.