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Afghan militants kill 2 in attack on governor's house in Kandahar

At least two insurgents attacked the compound of the governor’s house in Kandahar in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing two guards and wounding a third, authorities said.

"This morning at 11:30 two insurgents were trying to get into the compound of the governor’s house. They were stopped by police at the first gate of the compound. Two police were killed and one was wounded. Two suicide attackers were also killed by them,” Perwaiz Najeeb, a Kandahar government spokesman, told NBC News.

 Local officials in Kandahar earlier told NBC that several attackers were inside the governor's compound engaging in an assault.

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AFP reported the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying their main target was the provincial Gov. Tooryalai Weesa. It wasn’t known if Weesa was inside the compound at the time.

Security forces found a vehicle laden with explosives abandoned outside the compound, according to AFP.

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