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Insurgents Storm Afghan Bank, Killing 10 People

Five suicide bombers raided a branch of the New Kabul bank in Lashkar Gah, the capital of the restive Helmand province.

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Afghan insurgents have stormed a bank in Lashkar Gah, the capital of the restive Helmand province, killing 10 people, AP reported.

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Afghan security forces patrol after suspected Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen attacked a bank on December 17.

A police spokesman said that three of the dead are policeman. At least 15 people have been wounded, including six members of the Afghan security forces.

Omer Zawaj, a spokesman for the province's governor, told AP that five suicide bombers raided a branch of the New Kabul Bank at around noon on Wednesday, with one of the attackers blowing himself up outside the main entrance to let the others in.

The attackers then fired at security forces when they arrived and surrounded the building, Zawaj said.

CNN reported that a gun battle between the assailants and security forces ensued, which lasted 90 minutes, according to a police spokesman.

Meanwhile, a suspected drone strike on Taliban militants on the Afghan-Pakistan border killed 11, a local government official told CNN.

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