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Taliban attack on Kabul police HQ kills three officers

January 21, 2013

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Afghan security forces run on the roof of the Kabul traffic police headquarters as it is attacked by insurgents in Kabul, Jan 21, 2013. — Photo by AP

KABUL: A Taliban raid of the Kabul traffic police headquarters is over and three police officers and at least five insurgents have been killed in the hours-long fighting, police said. Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi said the battle ended more than nine hours after it began early Monday with a car bomb attack against the front gate of the building.

He said four traffic policemen had also been wounded in the fighting.

Mohammad Ayub Salangi said another 10 people were wounded.

He said two Taliban suicide bombers were killed at the gate, another blew himself up inside the building and another two were killed by security forces before they managed to detonate their vests.