5 Afghan police officers die in attack

March 26, 2013 at 7:29 AM

JALALABAD, Afghanistan, March 26 (UPI) -- Eight suicide bombers stormed a police compound in Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan Tuesday, killing five police officers, a provincial police chief said.

Gen. Mohammed Sharif Amin, police chief for Nangarhar province, said two of the militants detonated their explosives-filled vehicles in front of the Jalalabad Quick Reaction Force headquarters, allowing six attackers in a third vehicle to enter the compound, the Los Angeles Times reported.

As the driver detonated the explosives in the third car, five assailants rushed the compound and opened fire on police, and were killed during an exchange of gunfire, Amin said.

Four other police officers were wounded, officials said.

It wasn't clear whether the attackers on foot detonated their suicide vests before they were killed by police, the Times said.

The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred on the second day of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to Kabul to meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

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