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Suicide attack rocks E. Afghan town, 5 killed, 1 injured


08:43, November 11, 2011

GARDEZ, Afghanistan, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- A suicide bombing rocked Samkani district of Paktia province, Afghanistan on Thursday, killing two people including the suicide bomber himself and a policeman, provincial police chief Abdul Ghafar Safi said.

"Five suicide bombers equipped with small arms and suicide vests attacked the headquarters of Samkani district this afternoon. One of them was killed in the blast and one policeman was also killed in the blast," Safi told Xinhua.

The police in sharp reaction begun returning fire and three more suicide bombers have been killed so far, he added. One policeman sustained injuries in the firefight, he said, adding the operation is continuing to eliminate the remaining insurgents and bring the situation under control.

The attack took place while local officials were in a meeting with the tribal elders to discuss the security situation in Samkani district and adjoin areas, he said.

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