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Taliban attack Afghan courthouse; 53 dead

Apr. 3, 2013 - 09:50AM   |  
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KABUL, Afghanistan — A provincial governor says at least 53 people, including nine attackers, have been killed in a daylong gun battle in western Afghanistan.

Officials said the fighting broke out Wednesday after suicide bombers disguised as Afghan soldiers stormed a courthouse in Farah province in a failed bid to free more than a dozen Taliban prisoners.

Provincial Gov. Akram Akhpewak said those killed included 34 civilians, 10 security forces and nine attackers.

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