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22 policemen killed in four Taliban attacks in Afghanistan

KABUL: Four suicide attackers on Tuesday stormed a provincial police headquarters in Eastern Afghanistan, killing 22 police, an official said. Taliban insurgents immediately claimed responsibility.

The attack in Logar province outside the capital, Kabul, was the latest to target afghan security forces following the withdrawal of most foreign combat troops at the end of last year.

The afghan and Pakistani Taliban are separate groups that share the goal of establishing hard-line Islamic rule.

In the afghan assault, the four attackers rushed the gates of the police compound in early afternoon, with one detonating his explosives-filled vest at the main gate and killing one policeman, Logar government spokesman Din Mohammad Darwish said.

The attack triggered a 25-minute battle with police, he said. Another of the militants reached the station's dining hall, killing 21 police and wounding seven when he detonated his vest, said Abdul Wali Toofan, Logar's deputy police chief. The other two attackers were killed with no further casualties.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, claimed responsibility on his official twitter feed.