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10 police killed in Taliban attack

A brazen Taliban assault on a police station in eastern Afghanistan has killed 10 police officers and a civilian.

Deputy interior minister General Mohammed Ayub Solangi said the early morning attack in the eastern Nangarhar provincial capital of Jalalabad involved a suicide bomber, two remotely detonated bombs and seven insurgents.

He said the attack triggered a gunbattle with the Afghan forces that lasted four hours.

When it was over, 10 policemen, including the district police chief, were dead, as well as the civilian, a student who was caught in the crossfire.

Mr Solangi said all seven insurgents were killed.

The Taliban took responsibility for the attack, the latest in a series of insurgent assaults ahead of next month’s presidential elections.

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