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Afghan official: Taliban kill 7 police in eastern province

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By the Associated Press

An Afghan official says the Taliban stormed a police checkpoint in eastern Nangarhar province, killing seven policemen.

Security personnel patrol near the site of a deadly attack outside the Rural Rehabilitation and Development Ministry in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, July 15, 2018. An Afghan official said several people were killed and others wounded when a suicide bomber detonated his suicide vest in the country's capital. (AP / MANILA BULLETIN)

Security personnel patrol near the site of a deadly attack outside the Rural Rehabilitation and Development Ministry in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, July 15, 2018. An Afghan official said several people were killed and others wounded when a suicide bomber detonated his suicide vest in the country’s capital. (AP / MANILA BULLETIN)

Provincial police chief Ghulam Sanayee Stanikzai said Monday that the attack took place the previous night in the district of Ghani Kahil.

He says that five Taliban fighters were killed in the attack.

Stanikzai says that in Khogyani district, also in Nangarhar province, a government airstrike on Sunday night left 20 Taliban fighters dead.

There was no statement from the Taliban on either the Ghani Kahil attack or the airstrike.

Earlier on Sunday, a suicide bomber on foot struck outside a ministry building in the capital, Kabul, killing seven people and wounding 15.

Last month, a suicide bombing near the same ministry killed 12 people and wounding 31 others, mostly government employees.

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