Wednesday, 3 April 2013

# Afghanistan # LWN

Dozens dead in Afghanistan court attack

A suicide bomb and gun attack on a courthouse in western Afghanistan has left more than 50 people dead and 90 injured, most of them civilians.

Militants disguised as soldiers tried unsuccessfully to free suspected Taliban members in the capital of Farah province, Afghan officials said.

After a fierce initial gun battle, shooting continued as militants took cover in nearby buildings.

The Taliban said they were behind the attack in Farah, which borders Iran.

This was the deadliest attack in Afghanistan since December 2011 when at least 70 people were killed in a blast at Kabul's Shia shrine.

A bomb and gun attack on the Farah governor's compound last May left six policemen, a civilian and four attackers dead.

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