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Afghanistan: Bombers hit base in east, kill guard

An Afghan policeman helps a wounded man after a suicide bomb attack in Kabul in this June 6, 2014 picture provided by Abdullah Abdullah's campaign office. REUTERS/Yassin Haidari/Abdullah Abdullah campaign office/Handout via Reuters

KABUL: An Afghan provincial official says suicide bombers have attacked a parking lot at a police base in eastern Afghanistan, killing a guard and setting 25 trucks ablaze.

Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, the spokesman for the provincial governor of Nangarhar province, says the attack happened late Sunday night in Behsud district.

A suicide car bomber first detonated his vehicle at the entrance to the police base parking lot. Two other attackers then stormed in, shooting at the security forces.

Abdulazai says both attackers were killed by the police, but at least 25 fuel tankers and logistic trucks caught on fire and were burned during the fighting.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but insurgents have increasingly targeted Afghan forces ahead of the June 14 runoff in the country's presidential election.

 

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