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Afghan Insurgents Attack Police Station In Jalalabad

Afghan security personnel and firefighters at the scene of a deadly attack on a police station in Jalalabad on March 20.
A suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan has left 18 people dead, including 10 police officers, one civilian, and the seven attackers.

The district police chief was among the dead.

Fourteen police officers were also wounded in the attack, which targeted a police station in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar Province.

Deputy Interior Minister General Mohammed Ayub Solangi said the early morning assault involved a suicide bomber and two remotely detonated bombs.

He said the attack triggered a gun battle with Afghan forces that lasted for four hours.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a message to the media that the attack had been staged by Taliban insurgents.

It was the latest in a series of attacks ahead of next month's presidential election, which the Taliban has vowed to disrupt.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP