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Militants Attack Justice Department In Eastern Afghanistan

Security forces surround the provincial justice department in Jalalabad.
JALALABAD, Afghanistan -- Afghan officials say at least ten people were killed after Taliban fighters stormed a Justice Department office in the eastern Nangarhar Province.

Local criminal police head Abdul Rauf Uruzgani said that two police officials, two court officials, three civilians and three attackers were killed in fighting that continued for two hours on May 12 between security forces and the militants inside the building in the provincial capital, Jalalabad.

Nangarhar's police chief Fazal Ahmed Sherzad told Radio Mashaal that the attackers stormed the building after killing its security guards in the morning. "They later climbed into the second floor and were eventually killed."

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Meanwhile, an Interior Ministry statement said two rockets landed at Kabul's international airport early on May 12 but caused no casualties.

Reporting by Radio Free Afghanistan and Radio Mashaal