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    28 dead in attack on governor’s office

    KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): At least 22 attackers, four civilians and two policemen were killed in twin attacks on the governor’s house and police headquarters in southern Kandahar province on Wednesday.

    At a joint news conference with Governor Toryalai Weesa, police chief General Abdul Raziq said two of the attackers blew themselves up while 20 others were shot dead by the security forces.

    Four civilians and two policemen also lost their lives while nine civilians and four policemen were injured, he said, alleging Punjabi Taliban were among the assailants.

    Weesa condemned the terrorist act in the holy month of Ramadan. “Instead of helping Muslims, the insurgents misuse the name of Islam and inflict death and injury upon them.”

    Dawa Khan Minapal, the governor’s spokesman, confirmed the killings. He said the fire exchange between the fighters and security personnel lasted three hours.

    A total of 11 militants attacked the governor’s house from two directions, he said. Some of the attackers blew them self up and others died in the exchange of fire with security forces.

    The Taliban have so far said nothing about the attacks on the governor’s house and police headquarters.

    sks/mud