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Militants Kill Three Afghan Policemen


Afghan authorities say suspected Taleban insurgents have attacked a police post in southern part of the country, killing three policemen, while a rocket landed near a top hotel in the capital, Kabul.

The authorities say an unknown number of militants were involved in the assault late Saturday in southern Helmand province that sparked an hour-long exchange of fire. Security forces launched a manhunt for the attackers.

The Taleban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Also late Saturday, a rocket was fired at a Kabul hotel where foreigners often stay, but no one was hurt.

Helmand province has seen some of the fiercest fighting in recent months. Last week, 150 British troops arrived in the province to form part of a NATO peacekeeping mission.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.