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Seven killed, 5 injured in Kandahar attack

AT-KABUL: Seven people were killed Monday and five other injured when a group of Taliban fighters attacked a police outpost in southern Kandahar province, a provincial official said.

The attack took place in the Spin Boldak district, bordering Baluchistan province of Pakistan.

The five attackers tried to enter the outpost after they killed the guard at the entrance, said Zia Durrani, spokesman for the provincial police. “The police prevented their advancement.”

“All of the attackers were shot dead by the police before they could detonate their explosives,” Durrani told Afghanistan Times.

He said that two policemen were also “martyred” and five others were injured in the gun battle with the Taliban fighters.

The injured policemen were shifted to hospital and were in good health condition, he said.

A Taliban spokesman claimed their fighters wearing suicide vests entered a police building after killing seven policemen at the entrance. Provincial officials rejected Taliban’s claim.

Spin Boldak district is located on border to with Quetta city, where Taliban have strong presence and their leadership council is also based there. The militants manage their affairs in Afghan war from there.

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