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Dozens killed, injured in Afghan bomb attack

Commandos move to an engagement with Afghan locals in Mohmand Valley, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, Feb. 14, 2018.(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jacob Krone)

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

More than a dozen people have been killed and at least 30 injured in a car-bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan.

Officials in the Ghani Khel district of Nangarhar Province said the October 3 blast targeted an administrative building that also housed some military facilities.

Several armed gunmen reportedly attempted to enter the building after the explosion, but they were killed by security forces, provincial government spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told AFP.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack, although officials blamed the Taliban.

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Provincial police spokesman Farid Khan said the victims included both members of the security forces and civilians.

Taliban militants have stepped up attacks throughout Afghanistan even as the group is holding peace talks with government negotiators in Doha.