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Afghanistan: suicide attack kills 5 police in Jalalabad

Afghanistan: suicide attack kills 5 police in Jalalabad
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Taliban suicide bombers have killed at least five police officers in an raid on a police station in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad. One attacker set off a car bomb outside the building, while another three got inside and detonated suicide vests.

There was a three-hour battle between Afghan security forces and the assailants, who were armed with rocket propelled grenades and machine guns. Six police officers and six civilians were reportedly injured.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack in a text message.

The raid coincides with a visit to Afghanistan by US Secretary of State John Kerry. He has been in Kabul to discuss the transfer of security to Afghan forces, as US-led NATO combat troops prepare to leave by the end of 2014.