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5 Afghan police killed in suicide attack in east

Kabul, Mar 26, 2013 (AP)
For representation only. File Photo

Afghan police say eight suicide bombers have attacked one of their headquarters in the eastern city of Jalalabad, killing five officers and wounding four.

Nangarhar provincial police chief Mohammad Sharif Amin says one insurgent in a bomb-laden car detonated his vehicle in front of the Jalalabad Police Quick Reaction Force today.

His spokesman says another seven wearing bomb vests then attacked the compound, with three blowing themselves up inside the compound and another four shot by police during a gunfight that lasted more than an hour.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack.
The attack occurred on the second day of a visit to Kabul by US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Jalalabad is the capital of Nangarhar province, about 120 kilometers east of Kabul.


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