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Taliban claim Jalalabad assaults

Taliban claim Jalalabad assaults

Feb 19, 2011 - 17:11

JALALABAD (PANinfo-icon): The Talibaninfo-icon on Friday claimed responsibility for an attack on a private bank in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, and a bomb explosion that killed at least eight people and injured 60 others.

Gunmen stormed the branch of the country's largest bank, Kabulinfo-icon Bank, opening fire at security officials who waiting to collect salaries, witnesses said.

Rebel spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said three fighters armed with guns and suicide vests entered the building, 100 yards from the governor's house, in the Mokhabirat Square.

Mujahid identified the assailants as Shahidullah, a resident of Khogyani district in Nangarhar, Zara Jan from Chaparhar and Jamaluddin from Kharwar district of central Logar province.

An explosive-laden rickshaw was detonated with a remote-controlled device at the square moments after the assault, the militant spokesman said. Nearly 50 kilograms of explosives were used in the blast that killed 10 high-ranking security officials, he claimed.


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