Taliban fighters attack police HQ
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(CNN) -- Taliban fighters attacked a district center and police headquarters in southern Afghanistan early Saturday, officials said.
At least six Afghan police officers were killed in the attack and the ensuing battle, along with one Taliban fighter, although police and the Taliban gave conflicting accounts.
Bahadur Khan, police chief of the Hazar Jaft district in Helman province, said the attack occurred about midnight and estimated about 100 Taliban fighters participated. Six police officers were killed, he said, and two wounded. About 10 Taliban fighters were also killed, he said.
Two government vehicles were burned, Khan said, and a part of the district building was destroyed. The operation in the area against the Taliban will continue, he said.
Taliban spokesman Mohamad Yousf Ahmadi said more than 90 Taliban fighters were involved in the incident. Ten Afghan police officers were killed, he said, along with one Taliban fighter. The Taliban also burned the district center and police headquarters down, he said.
Hazar Jaft is about 60 kilometers (37 miles) west of Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helman province.
Journalist Ruhullah Khapalwak contributed to this report.
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