Five Afghan police killed in Jalalabad suicide attack
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 01:35
March 26 - Taliban suicide bombers killed at least five policemen in eastern Afghanistan in a three-hour attack that coincided with a visit to the country by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Sarah Toms reports.
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Suicide bombers killed five police officers in an Afghan police station in the eastern city of Jalalabad.
Police say one attacker detonated a car laden with explosives at the entrance to the police compound in a bid to let other attackers inside.
(SOUNDBITE) (Dari) JALALABAD PROVINCIAL POLICE CHIEF, AMIN SHARIF, SAYING:
" Five insurgents carrying guns and grenades wearing the uniform of foreigners have been shot dead. Also in this attack five Afghan policemen were martyred and four others wounded. In total eight insurgents were killed ."
Six civilians were wounded in the three hour attack, which happened just before dawn.
(SOUNDBITE) (Pashto) A RESIDENT OF JALALAD WHO WAS WOUNDED IN THE ATTACKS, JAWEED JAN SAYING:
"I was driving my car and suddenly I heard an explosion. My hand was wounded. A few minutes after the explosion I saw some insurgents walking out of a car and they attacked police and soldiers. Then the gunfire started. I believe that there are many casualties but I don't know the exact number."
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, which coincided with a visit to the country by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Violence has been increasing against Afghan security forces, sparking concerns that they're not ready to take over all responsibilities by the middle of this year.
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