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Afghanistan: 10 killed as gunmen attack Attorney General’s office


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(By Estera Popowska)
At least 10 people were killed and more than 65 others wounded when gunmen dressed in military uniforms stormed the office of the attorney general in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif, BBC reported Thursday.

In what is reported to be filled with heavy gunfire and several explosions, four attackers were seen entering the attorney general’s premises. BBC says five security officers - including a police chief - were among the dead and 26 government officials among the hurt.

A spokesman for the Taliban reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.The siege ended seven hours after it began and all four gunmen were killed by the Afghan National Security Forces which had surrounded the area.

The governor's aide told the BBC that the governor, Atta Muhammad Nur, was at home when the attack began but was taken to his office to monitor the situation.
In a statement seen by the BBC, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said: "Breaking News: This noon suicide [attackers] stormed office of the attorney and appeal court of Balkh province. Heavy casualties for enemy, battle continues."

The Taliban has targeted Afghanistan's legal system in the past. In June 2013, the group detonated a car bomb in front of the compound of Afghanistan's Supreme Court, killing 17 and wounding 39. And in December of 2014, Atiqullah Raufi, the chief of the secretariat of Afghanistan's Supreme Court, was assassinated by Taliban gunmen in the west of Kabul.

The attack in Mazar-e-Sharif comes a day after an American soldier was killed in a fire fight between US and Afghan troops in eastern Afghanistan. (BBC)