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Six Taliban, Two Others Killed During Afghan Attack

FILE: Afghan security official stands guard at the scene of a suicide bomb attack in Logar, August 2015.

Afghan officials say at least to eight people have been killed -- including at least six Taliban fighters -- as a result of a militant attack on a district governor’s office in Logar Province.

Logar Province Governor Mohammad Halim Fedayee told RFE/RL that Afghan security forces killed six Taliban fighters during the battle at the Charkh district’s administrative headquarters after an explosives-laden car parked near the compound walls was detonated shortly before dawn on September 1.

Fedayee said one Afghan security officer was wounded in a gunbattle that lasted for two hours after the blast.

Fedayee’s spokesman, Salim Salhe, said the car bomb killed two people.

The Taliban claimed that its fighters killed the district governor and 41 police officers.

Correspondents say the massive explosion shook buildings in the area, which is about 60 kilometers south of Kabul.

With reporting by AP and dpa