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Eleven killed in Afghan Taliban attack

KABUL - At least 11 people died Thursday after Taliban insurgents attacked a provincial governor’s office but were beaten back by security forces, Afghan officials said.

The morning attack was apparently an attempt to assassinate the governor of western Farah Province, Mohammad Akram Khapalwak, who was in his office at the time, and the insurgents once again disguised themselves as Afghan police officers, according to the police security chief for the province, Mohammad Ghaus Malyaar.

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He said four attackers wore lightweight explosive vests and carried rocket-propelled grenade launchers and small arms.

“The target was clearly the governor and his staff,’’ he said. “Six police officers have been martyred, and an employee of the governor’s house was also killed.’’

All four attackers were shot to death by police officers defending the compound, Malyaar said, and none was apparently able to detonate an explosive vest.

Three police officers and nine civilian employees were also wounded as a result of what the police official said was a 45-minute gunbattle.

The attack came less than three weeks after a similar attempt to assassinate the governor of Kandahar Province.

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