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Wed, 29 May 2013 09:13:58 CDT

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     KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) _ Afghan officials say insurgents have
attacked a guest house used by the International Committee of the
Red Cross in the eastern city of Jalalabad.

     Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, a spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar
province, says the attack began Wednesday evening and that a gun
battle was still going on.

     Provincial police spokesman Hazrat Hussain Mashreqiwal also
confirms the attack on the guest house.

     Both say an explosion preceded the attack, but it the source of
the explosion was not immediately clear. They had no other details.

     The Red Cross in Kabul says it cannot confirm the attack

     An AP photographer at the scene says smoke can be seen from the
vicinity of the guest house and shooting can be heard.


     (Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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