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Taliban Attack On Intelligence HQ In Afghanistan Kills Dozens

Members of the Afghan security force keep watch at the site of a suicide bomb attack in Ghazni Province, September 4, 2014

GHAZNI, Afghanistan -- The Taliban has struck government compounds in eastern Afghanistan in an attack that left at least 31 people dead and dozens of others wounded.

The September 4 attack started at sunrise with militants setting off at least one suicide truck bomb outside the National Directorate of Security office in the provincial capital of Ghazni.

Local officials told RFE/RL the attackers first fired rockets into the city early in the morning, which was followed by multiple attacks on government buildings.

According to the officials all 19 attackers, as well as 12 civilians and government soldiers, were killed in an hour-long gun battle.

Ghazni Governmor Musa Khan Akbarzada said the city library and two museums were damaged in the attack.

The Taliban claimed responsibility.

With by AFP and Reuters