9 dead in attack on Afghan Jalalabad bank

11:17, February 20, 2011      

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Afghan border policemen keep watch during an attack by gunmen on a bank in Jalalabad city February 19, 2011. Gunmen dressed as border police killed at least one man in an attack on a bank building in the main city in Afghanistan's east, witnesses and government officials said on Saturday, with gunfights and blasts heard. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Nine people were killed and over 70 others injured on Saturday in suicide bombings and shooting attack on a bank in Jalalabad city, capital of Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, an official with the local health department said.

Three insurgents entered a branch of Kabul bank in Jalababad city Saturday morning and begun opening fire on police.

Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident.

Zabihullah Mujahid, who claims to speak for Taliban outfit, in talks with media via telephone from undisclosed location, said three Taliban suicide bombers equipped with assault rifles entered the Kabul bank.

Explosions inflicted huge casualties on policemen and army soldiers, who were standing in line to receive their salaries from the bank.

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