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40 dead in Kabul Bank attack

40 dead in Kabul Bank attack

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Feb 20, 2011 - 10:24

JALALABAD (PANinfo-icon): The toll from Saturday's attack on Kabulinfo-icon Bank's branch in the eastern city of Jalalabad has risen to 40 dead and 73 injured, an official said on Sunday.

Bodies and injured people continued to be brought to hospital until Saturday evening, Dr. Saifur Rahman Ibrahimkhel, head of the Jalalabad Civil Hospital, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

"I don’t know of the corpses taken to other hospitals, but 40 were brought to ours," said Ibrahimkhel.

Thirty to 40 people were killed in the attack, claimed by the Talibaninfo-icon insurgents, said Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, the governor’s spokesman.

The incident erupted soon after seven gunmen, wearing military uniforms and suicide vests, forced their way into the building in the Mokhabirat Square, Governor Gul Agha Sherzai told a news conference.

At least two powerful explosions happened in front of the private bank, shaking the city and shattering windowpanes in nearby buildings. Several senior police officials were killed and wounded in the blasts.

The building was cleared and controlled by security officials at dusk, according to Sherzai, who said two of the assailants blew themselves up at the entrance and five others fired their way into the bank.

He added the attackers fired at bank staff and security officials, killing 18 people and wounding 70 others. One police officer was killed and 17 others wounded in the incident.  Nangarhar's deputy police chief, Qari Amir Khan Lewal, is among the injured.

Most of the victims, including security officials and civilians, had come to the bank to collect salaries or withdraw cash, the governor added.

A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said that three suicide bombers had entered the bank's section where army and police officials were receiving salaries. At least 10 security officials were killed in the assault, he claimed.

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