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Suicide bombers attacked a government office in Paktia province

Three blew themselves up; two others engaged in a firefight

Afghan forces had NATO air support

KABUL, Afghanistan CNN —  

Three Afghan policemen were killed Thursday in an attack on a government office in Afghanistan’s eastern Paktia province.

Five attackers wearing vests laden with explosives stormed into the Samkanai District administrator’s office where a meeting of tribal elders was ongoing Thursday afternoon, said Rohullah Samoon, a spokesman for the Patkia province governor’s office.

Three of the attackers blew themselves up at the entrance, Samoon said. The other two engaged in a fierce gun battle with Afghan security forces backed by NATO air support.

The shooting went on for an hour before the two attackers were killed, Samoon said. Two policemen were injured, among them the chief of police, he said.

Earlier this week in neighboring Paktika province, between 60 and 70 insurgents were killed after they attacked an Afghan base in Barmal district.

NATO provided air support to Afghan National Security Forces in that incident as well.