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Police, US troops battle gunmen in eastern Afghanistan

KABUL (AP) - Police say attackers have detonated a bomb near a government building in eastern Afghanistan and have holed up in another building nearby where they are firing on Afghan police and U.S. troops.

Acting chief of police in Khost, Yaqob Khan, says there are no casualties so far, mostly because the attackers appear to have mistaken an abandoned government building for a police station, which is next door.

Khan says police have surrounded the attackers in the eastern province of Khost and are firing on the gunmen Monday with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades. He says U.S. troops from a nearby base have rushed to the scene to assist.


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