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20 Killed, 160 Wounded In Afghan Police Centre Attack Claimed By Taliban

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| October 17 , 2017 , 14:50 IST

At least 20 people have been killed, including women, students and police, and 160 others wounded in a suicide bomb and gun attack on a police training centre in southeast Afghanistan on Tuesday.

Paktia police chief Toryalai Abdyani was also killed in the attack which claimed the lives of "women, students and police" said the public health director in Gardiz, the capital of Paktia province to media.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack which took place in the Paktia province that borders Pakistan.

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According to reports, a suicide bomber detonated a car full of explosives near the training centre, allowing the attackers to enter the premises.

"At first a suicide bomber detonated a car filled with explosives near the training centre, making way for a number of attackers to start their assault", the interior ministry said in a statement.

A gun battle followed between the attackers who were armed with guns and suicide vests and the security forces at the centre, which is located near the Paktia police headquarters, the interior ministry statement said.

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A local official said that near the compound housing the provincial headquarters of the national police, border police, and Afghan National Army two car bombs were also blown up.

Meanwhile, across international forums, the US has called for other nations to help in the efforts in the war-torn Afghanistan and for terror havens to be shut down across the border in Pakistan.