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Kabul: At least five security forces personnel were killed in a series of coordinated attacks in central Ghazni province by the Taliban on Thursday, said an Afghan official.

Arif Noori, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said three security outposts in Ab Band district were attacked by insurgents in coordinated raids on Thursday morning.

Two policemen were wounded in the attacks that lasted several hours as security personnel and insurgents exchanged gunfire.

Noori said six Taliban fighters were killed and four were wounded before the attacks were repelled. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement that the Taliban captured a district in Ghazni. Insurgents often exaggerate their battlefield gains.

Also on Thursday, police officer Amin Jan said a roadside bomb wounded five people in eastern Nangarhar province.

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