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Afghan Suicide Bombers Kill 19

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 14 (UPI) — A coordinated attack by six suicide bombers killed 19 people and injured 20 others Sunday at a regional governor’s compound in Afghanistan, police said.

Officials said security was first breached at the governor’s residence in Charikar by a suicide car bomber. In the ensuing mayhem, five other men wearing suicide bomb vests entered the property and a two hour gun battle was fought before the bombs were detonated, the Washington Post reported.

Five police officers and 14 civilians were killed.

Police Cmdr. Zia-Ur-Rahman Sayedkheli said the attackers also carried rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles.

Charikar is the capital of Parwan province, an hour’s drive northwest of Kabul. The main U.S. military airport in Bagram is about 5 miles from the city.

The attack came as Gov. Abdul Basir Salangi was hosting an intelligence conference, the BBC said. He was not injured.

Extremist Taliban forces have stepped up attacks in recent weeks against senior political figures, the Post said.

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