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Taliban Bombers Attack Again

Taliban militants executed several suicide attacks Saturday on government buildings in Khost, a city in Eastern Afghanistan, police reported. Doctors have announced that while the number of casualties is unknown, seven civilians and three police were injured. An anonymous Taliban spokesperson told the BBC that “four of our attackers had entered the city this afternoon.” After they attacked the police chief’s office, a hospital, and a bank with machine-guns and roket-propelled grenades, gun fighting broke out between militants and security forces. The attacks are part of a spike in violence in Afghanistan leading up to the August 20th election and they are a big blow to police who have promised greater security there.