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13 die as Taliban bombers attack 2 Afghan cities

Afghan officials say 13 Taliban militants and Afghan security forces have died in insurgent attacks on two eastern Afghan cities.

Face covered Taliban militants pose before they execute two Afghan women in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, on Saturday, July 12, 2008. Taliban fighters told Associated Press Television News that the two were executed for allegedly running a prostitution ring catering to U.S. soldiers and other foreign contractors at a U.S. base in Ghazni city. (AP Photo/Rahmatullah Naikzad)

KABUL (AP) - Afghan officials say 13 Taliban militants and Afghan security forces have died in insurgent attacks on two eastern Afghan cities.

Police official Ghulam Dastagir says five Taliban suicide bombers attacked government centers in the city of Gardez. Five Taliban bombers and five Afghan security forces died in the Tuesday attack. Two bombers were shot while wearing women's burqas.

In a second attack carried out at the same time, police official Mohammad Ayub Salangi says two suicide bombers on a motorbike and one police officer died in the eastern city of Jalalabad after a gun battle broke out.

A Taliban spokesman claimed that 15 suicide bombers attacked Gardez. Such complex attacks have become a hallmark of major Taliban assaults.


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