Official: Brazen Taliban assault on police station in eastern Afghanistan kills 10 policemen

March 20, 2014 2:33:51 AM PDT
An Afghan official says the brazen Taliban assault on police station in the country's east has killed 10 police officers and a civilian.

Deputy Interior minister Gen. Mohammed Ayub Solangi says Thursday's early morning attack in the eastern Nangarhar provincial capital of Jalalabad involved a suicide bomber, two remotely detonated bombs and seven insurgents.

He says 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.

Solangi says all the 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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