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Two Taleban Attacks in Afghanistan Kill 25 People


Two hundred Taleban fighters in Afghanistan have overrun a second police compound near the Pakistan border, hours after a similar assault in the same area left 22 people dead.

Authorities say three Afghan soldiers died and four others were captured during the raid late Sunday on a police compound in southeastern Paktika province.

In the first attack early Sunday, authorities say at least 15 suspected Taleban guerrillas and seven policemen were killed when an estimated 400 rocket-armed guerrillas stormed a police compound in the Paktika town of Barmal.

Meanwhile, German officials say the German development agency office in Kabul was robbed at gunpoint Monday. The officials (in Berlin) say one of the workers was injured and $132,000 was taken in the attack. No arrests have been reported.

Last week, more than 60 people were killed in three separate attacks. That prompted the United Nations to impose temporary restrictions on relief operations and travel in parts of the region.

The latest violence comes as provincial governments make security preparations for celebrations Tuesday marking Afghan Independence Day, the end of British rule in 1919. Security is reported tight throughout Afghanistan's southern provinces, the scene of the recent wave of attacks.

The Associated Press reports hundreds of additional uniformed police are patrolling southern provinces, along with plainclothes police and intelligence agents.

Reports from the region say some of the new violence may be linked to new government efforts to rein in warlords who have private armies. Some of those warlords also hold posts in the U.S.-backed Kabul government.

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