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Two charged in deadly Afghan bank attack executed

From Reshad Fazel, For CNN
A photo of the area where attackers burst into a branch of Kabul Bank in Jalalabad on February 19, 2011.
A photo of the area where attackers burst into a branch of Kabul Bank in Jalalabad on February 19, 2011.
  • An Afghan official says the two men were executed in Kabul on Monday
  • In February, an attack at a Jalalabad bank killed 38 people
  • Thirteen police officers were among those killed, according to the Afghan Interior Ministry
  • Afghanistan
  • NATO

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Two men charged with murder for a February bank attack that killed 38 people were executed Monday morning in Kabul, a spokesman for Afghanistan's intelligence agency said.

Lutfullah Mashal, spokesman for the National Directorate of Security, identified one of the men as Zar Ajam of Pakistan. He identified the other man as "Matiullah, whose real name was Mahmood," a resident of eastern Afghanistan.

A third person involved in the attack has been sentenced to 20 years in prison, Mashal said.

In February, a group of attackers stormed a branch of the Kabul Bank in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province. Four of them were killed, Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Nekzad said at the time.

Nekzad said 13 police officers were among those killed in the attack. The February 19 incident also left 41 people wounded, including 14 police officers, he said.

Fighting between attackers and security forces lasted for more than four hours, said Ahmadzia Abdulzai, a spokesman for the provincial governor.

The NATO command in Afghanistan said reports indicated the incident might have been a suicide attack. It issued a statement saying three people apparently entered the bank wearing suicide vests and detonated themselves.

An eyewitness said some civilians were taken hostage.

The attackers "blatantly targeted Afghan civilians" in a "truly vile attack," Rear Adm. Vic Beck, a spokesman for NATO's International Security Assistance Force, said in February.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai also condemned the attack.