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Brexit campaigner Michael Gove announced a surprise bid Thursday to become Britain's next prime minister, in a blow for his close ally Boris Johnson's chances, as turmoil gripped both the country's main political parties after the shock vote to leave the EU. The race for the leadership of the governing Conservative Party kicked off as impatient EU leaders were pressuring Britain to speed up its withdrawal from the bloc. Justice minister Gove, who campaigned alongside Johnson in Britain's momentous vote last week to leave the EU, said the former London mayor "cannot provide the leadership or build the team for the task ahead".
Two buses transporting police cadets in the Afghan capital were struck by a suicide bomb attack on Thursday, government and Taliban sources said, with many casualties feared. The attack was quickly confirmed by the Taliban's spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, who claimed "many were killed and wounded". The Taliban have been waging an insurgency against the government since being ousted from power by a US-led coalition in 2001.