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5 killed in Kabul as Taliban target election offices

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KABUL — With security concerns already mounting before the presidential vote in Afghanistan, a Taliban assault team turned election offices in eastern Kabul into a scene of carnage Tuesday. After a firefight that stretched more than three hours and trapped dozens of people in the compound, five victims lay dead and the Afghan capital had again been proven vulnerable.

Two of the five attackers detonated their explosives belts at the gate of the compound, while three others rushed in armed with assault rifles, police said. Even as the attack was unfolding, the Taliban claimed responsibility, re-emphasizing their campaign to disrupt the April 5 election and punish those involved in it.

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