International troops officially handover security detail in Afghanistan.
A blast in the Afghan capital Kabul killed three and wounds dozens more - less than two hours before a ceremony to mark the formal handover by NATO of security in the country to Afghan forces.
The target of the bomb was a member of the High Peace Council whose motorcade was passing through the area.
The cleric was not hurt, but the incident highlights concern over how the 352,000-strong Afghan army will handle such attacks once they control their own security.
About 10 kilometers away, Afghan President Hamid Karzai remained upbeat.
During a ceremony and news conference with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Karzai said the handover was one of his greatest desires and will hold significant meaning to the people of Afghanistan.
Karzai also confirmed plans for talks between members of the High Peace Council and members of the Taliban later in Qatar.