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Taliban Target Police in Southern Afghanistan

By Ayesha Tanzeem October 17, 2017

At least 52 people are dead and 200 more wounded in a terrorist attack on a police training center in eastern Afghanistan Tuesday.

Officials say the attack began when a suicide bomber detonated a car filled with explosives near the training center in Gardez, the capital of Paktia province. After the explosion, a group of gunmen stormed the center and engaged in a shootout with police..

Hedayatullah Hameedi, the city's public health director, told reporters both civilians and police were among the casualties.

A source in Paktia provincial government said the chief of Paktia police, Toralia Abydani, was also killed in the attack.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. .

A similar attack took place Tuesday on a police compound in southern Ghazni province. The Associated Press says at least seven policemen were killed in that attack.

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