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At least 14 killed in Taliban attack on Afghanistan police training centre

A Taliban attack on a police training centre in Afghanistan’s eastern Paktia province has killed at least 14 people, including civilians.

Health ministry spokesman Waheed Majroo said dozens were also wounded in the attack on Tuesday in Gardez, the provincial capital.

He said the city hospital reported receiving 130 wounded in the attack, which included a suicide bombing.

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Hamza Aqmhal, a student at the Paktia University, told The Associated Press that he heard a very powerful blast.

He said it shattered glass and broke all the windows at the building he was in which he says is more than a mile from the training academy.

Mr Aqmhal said he was slightly injured by the glass.

A Paktia politician, Mujeeb Rahman Chamkni, said the provincial chief of police, Toryalai Abdyani, and several of his staff were among those killed in the attack.

He said most of the casualties were civilians who had come to the centre, which also serves a government passport department.

Reports from Gardez said the attack there was still under way.

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