TODAY   |  March 09, 2013

Suicide bomber attacks during Hagel visit

A bicycle-riding suicide bomber set off an explosive in Kabul, Afghanistan, near the building where defense secretary Chuck Hagel was in the middle of a briefing. NBC’s Mike Taibbi reports.

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>>> in afghanistan , a suicide bomber attacking in kabul as defense secretary chuck hagel 's in the middle of a trip there. we have more from kabul . mike, good morning.

>> reporter: good morning, carl . how are you? yeah, terrible day of violence here in afghanistan . one suicide attack in the eastern city that was aimed at a joint patrol, nine civilians killed, though. eight of them children, the other one, as you mentioned, here in central kabul . an afghan official saying it was a lone bicycle-riding suicide bomber who set off his charge 30 yards to the main entrance of the afghanistan began defense ministry . the blast could be heard for miles, even at the building where secretary hagel was in a briefing. the briefing continued uninterrupted as did the itinerary that took him to bagram air base and jalalabad. today is a big day . he will visit in kabul a training center for the afghan national army . and then he's going to have a series of meals with afghan economic and military officials ending with a sit down with afghan president hamid karzai . on the agenda, the continuing security problems, of course, and the elephant in the room , the prospects for peace and reconciliation talks with the taliban which at the moment, carl , nowhere in sight. carl ?

>> mike, thank you very much.