Afghan officials: Taliban hit army, police centre in east
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Afghan officials: Taliban hit army, police centre in east

KABUL — Afghan officials say the Taliban have launched a co-ordinated assault on a military base that also serves as a police training centre in eastern Maidan Wardak province and that there are casualties.

Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesman for the interior minister, says that a suicide car bomber struck the military base on Monday morning, followed by insurgents who opened fire at the Afghan forces.

He says at least two Taliban fighters were killed by Afghan troops.

Rahimi could not provide casualty figures.

Salem Asgherkhail, head of the area’s public health department, says ambulances were dispatched to the site and that there are fears of high casualty numbers.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement to the media.

The Associated Press

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