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Jun 19, 2014 12:02 PM by Associated Press

Taliban strikes NATO trucks in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghan officials say three Taliban suicide bombers targeted NATO fuel trucks at the border with Pakistan, setting off a gun battle with police guards.

A spokesman for the border police in eastern Nangarhar province, Idris Momand, says the attack took place early on Thursday at the parking lot of the NATO outpost near the Torkham border crossing, a key supply route for the alliance.

Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, the spokesman for the provincial governor, says two of the attackers were killed by police while one blew himself up in the attack.

Abdulzai says 37 NATO fuel trucks were destroyed by explosions set off during the gun battle.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid says his group was behind the attack.

Most NATO cargo shipments go through the Torkham crossing, toward Pakistan's port city of Karachi.

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