At least 52 people are dead and 200 more wounded in a terrorist attack on a police training center in eastern Afghanistan Tuesday.
Officials say the attack began when a suicide bomber detonated a car filled with explosives near the training center in Gardez, the capital of Paktia province. After the explosion, a group of gunmen stormed the center and engaged in a shootout with police..
Hedayatullah Hameedi, the city's public health director, told reporters both civilians and police were among the casualties.
A source in Paktia provincial government said the chief of Paktia police, Toralia Abydani, was also killed in the attack.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. .
A similar attack took place Tuesday on a police compound in southern Ghazni province. The Associated Press says at least seven policemen were killed in that attack.