Taliban attack kills 36

The attack happened in the eastern province of Paktia, which borders Pakistan, at around 2 am (2130 GMT Wednesday) and lasted for several hours, a provincial spokesman said.

It is thought to be the highest single death toll in a Taliban attack since the militant Islamists struck at a bank in Jalalabad, also in the east, in February, killing 38 people including police collecting their salaries.

“A large group of Taliban attacked a road construction company in Paktia province,” said Paktia provincial spokesman Rohullah Samoon.

“Thirty-five guards and staff of the company were killed and 20 were injured. There were casualties on the Taliban side as well.” Samoon added that eight Taliban were killed.

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