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

KABUL, Afghanistan

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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