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Gunmen target spy agency in Afghanistan; 6 killed

By Masoud Popalzai and Faith Karimi, CNN
updated 5:10 AM EDT, Sat August 30, 2014
Afghan policemen keep watch after the attack by Taliban militants on the Afghan intelligence service office in Jalalabad.
Afghan policemen keep watch after the attack by Taliban militants on the Afghan intelligence service office in Jalalabad.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Taliban claim responsibility for the attack
  • Most of the 45 people wounded were injured by suicide bombing that preceded attack

Kabul. Afghanistan (CNN) -- Gunmen attacked a spy agency in eastern Afghanistan early Saturday, killing six people and leaving dozens injured, authorities said.

The Taliban militant group claimed responsibility for the attack in Jalalabad city.

It targeted the provincial headquarters of the national directorate of security in Nangarhar province, according to Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal, a local police spokesman.

The attack started with a suicide bombing involving an explosives-laden truck and two assailants at the gate of the compound, he said.

Six more attackers armed with guns and hand grenades then stormed into the building and battled with security forces for hours.

All six assailants were killed, according to the spokesman.

Most of the 45 people wounded are nearby residents injured by smashed windows or collapsed ceilings as a result of the suicide bombing, said Dr. Najibullah Kamawal, the province's top health official.

CNN's Masoud Popalzai reported from Kabul, and CNN's Faith Karimi wrote and reported from Atlanta

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