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Just 4 days after the audacious Taliban attack in Gardez (see – Gardez 07.21.09), Suspected Taliban suicide bombers have launched a second similar attack, on Saturday 07/25/2009, on the police headquarters and courthouse in the Afghan eastern city of Khost.


Seven suicide bombers dressed in women’s burkas (veils) and armed with rocket-propelled grenades and AK-47s, plus ‘suicide’ vests carried out the attack, the Afghan interior ministry said.


Three of the attackers were shot in front of the gates of the police headquarters, while two other were killed nearby, a ministry spokesman said. Another attacker was killed when he blew up his vehicle near a bank after he was shot at by police in front of the building.


The last bomber attacked another police building, but it was not immediately clear if he died when he detonated his explosives or whether he had been killed by police.

A candidate in Afghanistan’s upcoming presidential election was in one of the buildings at the time of the attack, but escaped unharmed.

A Taliban spokesman said that the group’s fighters had staged the attack, but claimed that that they were targeting the courthouse rather Ramazan Bashardost, a former planning minister.

General Mohammad Zahir Azimi, the defense ministry spokesman, said: “There are casualties but at this moment we don’t know exactly how many people have been killed and injured.”

Khost has become one of the most dangerous cities in Afghanistan over the last six months and the scene of repeated deadly attacks.


Afghanistan has scheduled elections for 08/20/2009, but with no clear outcome from US Marines Kahanjar-Operation, growing violence across large parts of the country and Afghan and NATO-ISAF forces seemingly unable to ensure security, there are fears that few voters will turn out.

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