At least three people were killed and several others were injured when a group of militants attacked a government building in the southeastern region of Afghanistan on Thursday, officials said. The attackers were also killed.
The group of militants were wearing Afghan army uniforms when they stormed a government building in the Yahyakhel district of Paktika province. Provincial police chief Brigadier General Dawlat Khan Zadran told the Pajhwok Afghan News agency that the attack lasted about 90 minutes as security forces fought back.
As a result, all six attackers - who were also wearing suicide vests - were eventually killed. Three police officers also lost their lives during the gun battle, while three police officers and two civilians were reported injured. Their conditions were not immediately known.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack but said only four militants were involved. "The attack was launched at 09:00 a.m. local time as local police (militia) commander, the commander of nearby check posts, district governor, police chief and several other officials were holding a meeting inside the building," he claimed, although those details could not be independently be confirmed.