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Bombers dressed as women kill three Afghan officers

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  • 7 suicide bombers dressed as women targeted Afghan police officers
  • Attack happened about 60 miles from the capital on Tuesday
  • Police killed four attackers, but three blew themselves up, killing three officers

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KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Seven suicide bombers dressed as women targeted Afghan police officers about 60 miles from the capital on Tuesday, a police commander said.

Police shot and killed four of the attackers, but three blew themselves up and killed three officers, said Gen. Aziz Wardak, chief police commander in the Paktika province, near the country's border with Pakistan.

The attack happened about 11:15 a.m. local time in Gardez, the provincial capital, he said.

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Authorities blamed the Taliban for that attack and another one that happened about an hour earlier, in a city near Afghanistan's border with Pakistan.

In that incident, two would-be suicide bombers died as they tried to attack targets in the eastern city of Jalalabad. One blew himself up, and police shot and killed the other one, said Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, a spokesman for the provincial governor.

Journalist Wahidullah Mayar contributed to this report

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