Suicide bombers, gunmen kill 22 in central Afghanistan

PARWAN, Afghanistan, (Reuters) – Taliban suicide  bombers killed at least 22 people in a bold attack on a  governor’s compound in central Afghanistan during a security  meeting on Sunday, officials said, with gunbattles and several  blasts heard before the assault was put down.

A Reuters witness and others nearby reported hearing at  least five explosions as Afghan security forces inside the  compound of Parwan governor Abdul Basir Salangi fought back.

Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry said 22 people were killed  and 34 wounded. The dead included 16 government employees and  six police, it said in a statement.

Parwan lies about an hour’s drive northwest of the  capital, Kabul, another worrying sign of the reach of the  Taliban and other insurgents.

Eight days ago, a rocket-propelled grenade fired by the  Taliban brought down a NATO helicopter in another central Afghan  province near Kabul, killing 30 U.S. troops and eight Afghans in  the worst single incident for foreign forces in 10 years of war.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the Parwan attack.  Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Islamist group, said the  assault began when a suicide car bomber detonated his explosives  at the gate of the compound.

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