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Taliban Militants Strike Market In Afghanistan's Helmand Province

Afghan security personnel sit atop an armored vehicles amid an ongoing battle with Taliban militants in the Gereshk district of Helmand Province on July 22.

Afghan officials say at least five security troops have been killed in a Taliban militant attack on a money-exchange market in the southern province of Helmand.

Authorities said at least three gunmen attacked the market and engaged security forces in the Gereshk district early on August 4.

A Taliban spokesman took responsibility for the attack, saying the target was a security-forces base and government buildings. The district governor's building was near the site of the attack.

The Gereshk district has seen considerable fighting over the last several weeks. A U.S. air strike on July 21 mistakenly killed 16 people and wounded two Afghan soldiers in the district.

The Taliban controls most of Helmand Province and regularly launches attacks in neighboring Uruzgan and Kandahar provinces.

Based on reporting by dpa and Al-Jazeera