Taliban attacks key Afghan police base, killing at least five officers

Several NATO soldiers killed by an Afghan soldier in Balkh province

Several NATO soldiers killed by an Afghan soldier in Balkh province

At least three policemen have been killed and five others injured in a suicide bombing and firefight at the gate of the police headquarters in Afghanistan's south-eastern Paktia province.

The attackers, some dressed in Afghan military uniforms, managed to pass through two checkpoints in military vehicles before being stopped, after which they opened fire on the busy compound.

Four more attackers stormed the gate after the blast, with at least two quickly killed by police.

In addition to the dead, nine police officers and nine civilians were wounded, he said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief reporters.

The deputy governor of the province Abdul Wali Sahi on Sunday said that Taliban insurgents detonated a auto bomb at the front gate of Afghan National Police (ANP) headquarters in Gardiz, capital of Patkia province, to allow the assailants to enter the premises.

Zabihullah Mujahed, a spokesman for the group, claimed to have killed "scores of security personnel" in this attack.

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One of the explosions was so strong it shattered windows up to 2 kilometers from the attack site, said Abdullah Hsrat, spokesman for the provincial governor.

Last week, three US soldiers were killed by an Afghan soldier who opened fire at a base in eastern Afghanistan.

The group of 39 nations advising and assisting the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces said seven USA soldiers and one Afghan soldier were wounded when the rogue Afghan trooper opened fire.

At least one Afghan soldier was killed and several American soldiers were wounded in an incident at a base in northern Afghanistan on Saturday, a United States military official said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

"Around 6:20 this morning a martyr attack was conducted by our mujahideen against a special forces base in Gardez, Paktia", he said in a statement. The militant group often exaggerates casualty numbers in attacks against government targets and security forces. The gunman was eventually killed later in the afternoon, he said.

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