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Four killed in Afghan suicide attack

Four people were killed and five wounded yesterday when a group of six suicide bombers wearing police uniforms attempted to storm a government building in southeastern Afghanistan, police said.

A firefight erupted as the attackers tried to get through a police checkpoint in an attempt to attack the Yahyakhail district governor's office in Paktika province, provincial police chief Dawlat Khan Zadran told AFP.

"Only one of them managed to detonate the suicide vest he was wearing, the rest were gunned down by security forces."

Two police and two civilians were killed while five others, including three policemen, were injured in the blast, Zadran said.

Taliban insurgents seeking to topple the government of President Hamid Karzai claimed responsibility for the attack.

Officials had earlier put the casualty toll to one policeman killed and two injured.

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