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Suicide bombers attack Afghan police training centre

At least 15 killed, dozens wounded as battles rage between security forces and Taliban fighters in Paktia province.

Afghan security forces

A firefight was under way after suicide bombers and gunmen launched an attack on a police training centre in southeastern Afghanistan.

A reporter at the scene with the local TOLOnews agency said fighting was ongoing on Tuesday.       

"At first a suicide bomber detonated a car filled with explosives near the training centre, making way for a number of attackers to start their assault" in Gardez, capital of Paktia province, the interior ministry said in a statement. 

There were no immediate reports of casualties.    

A local official said two car bombs blew up near the compound that also houses the provincial headquarters of the national police, border police, and Afghan National Army.        

"A group of gunmen have entered the compound and fighting is ongoing," Allah Mir Bahram, a member of the Paktia provincial council, told AFP news agency.  

In June, Gardez' police headquarters was attacked by Taliban fighters, killing at least five officers. 


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