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Afghan bank blast kills dozens

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At least 35 people are now reported to have been killed after gunmen disguised as border police stormed a bank in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad. Many victims were police officers and other civil servants who had gone to collect salaries.

The deadly attack came only hours after another bank siege in the capital Kabul. The Taliban said it was behind the strike.

Authorities say around 70 people were wounded in the Jalalabad blast. The motive for that assault is still not clear, although it is rare for Taliban insurgents to launch such attacks with robbery as a primary aim.