- The attack took place at a government building in the capital of Paktika Province
- The violence leaves three police officers and four civilians dead
- U. S. military officials said the building had been booby-trapped
A shoot-out at a government building in Afghanistan has left seven people dead, including three police officers, Afghan's interior ministry said Tuesday.
The attack took place at the directorate of communication building in Sharana City, the capital of Paktika province.
Earlier that morning, three suicide bombers stormed the building and took eight hostages, Sediq Sediqqi, a spokesman for the interior ministry said.
Four civilians were killed in the attack, which lasted several hours, the ministry said. Three other people, including two police officers, were injured.
Two of the bombers detonated their explosives devices during the gun battle, a third was killed by police, said Sediqqi.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujaheed released a statement claiming responsibility for the attack on the directorate of communication building.
Maj. Joe Buccina, a U.S. military spokesman, said the suicide bombers were all wearing new-style Afghan National Army uniforms when they entered the building, which had been booby-trapped.
Buccino said it's believed the bombers went to the building prior to Tuesday to plan the assault.
Although the area has been cleared, U.S. officials believe a threat at the government building still exists.