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Seven die in Taliban attack

Kabul, Sept. 28 (Reuters): Taliban guerrillas killed seven bodyguards of the governor of the volatile southern province of Helmand at the weekend in the latest of a series of violent strikes by the resurgent movement, officials said today.

Haji Mohammad Ayoub, deputy chief of police in Helmand, said Taliban fighters attacked a military vehicle carrying the soldiers at Sangin district, north-east of Helmand’s capital Lashkargah, last night. The governor, Sher Mohammad Akhundzada, was not with them, he said. Five soldiers died instantly and two within a few hours.

Haji Muhammad Wali, a spokesman for the governor, said at least 10 guerrillas in two cars staged the attack. They escaped but abandoned one car with a mechanical problem.

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