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Five Killed In Afghanistan Courthouse Attack

A gathering of provincial officials in Logar on June 5.

A head prosecutor and four other people have been killed in a courthouse attack in eastern Afghanistan.

Nesar Ahmad Abdul Rahimzai, deputy police chief of Logar Province, said all three gunmen who carried out the June 5 attack were killed by security forces.

The attack on the courthouse in Puli Alim came as newly appointed chief prosecutor Akram Nejat was being introduced to the public. Nineteen people were reported injured in the incident.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Militants have targeted judicial officials in recent weeks after six convicted insurgents -- including four Taliban -- were executed last month.

In late May, 10 people were killed and four injured in a suicide-bomb attack on a bus carrying judicial officials from Kabul to Wardak Province.

Based on reporting by dpa and AP