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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 08:46 AM
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Taliban attackers kill 6 at Afghan police site
Source: LAT

KABUL, Afghanistan
A squad of Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers attacked a police complex Thursday on the outskirts of the southern city of Kandahar, killing at least six members of the Afghan security forces and rattling residents of a metropolis whose security has been deemed a top priority by the NATO force.

Heavy explosions rang out as fighting raged for hours in and around the police compound, located on the main highway that connects Kandahar to the city's international airport and the huge NATO base that abuts it.

Echoing a tactic used in a major assault nearly two months ago on police headquarters in Kandahar city, the insurgents used a construction site overlooking the complex as a staging ground for Thursday's attack.

Witnesses said U.S. Black Hawk helicopters circled overhead, and NATO armored vehicles were seen in the area. NATO forces generally respond to such incidents only if Afghan officials request assistance.

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