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1st LD: 3 killed as gunmen storm gov't office in S. Afghanistan

Xinhua, May 13, 2015 Adjust font size:

At least three people were killed while 11 others wounded in a shooting in Lashkar Gah, the capital city of southern Afghanistan's province of Helmand on Wednesday morning, an official source said.

"Two gunmen attacked the provincial Hajj and Religious Affairs Department at around 10:00 a.m. (local time) near provincial governor house. The clash between attackers and the security forces caused three killed and 11 others injured," the source told Xinhua anonymously.

The attackers arrived at the area in two motorcycles, the source said.

Security forces have cordoned off the area for precautionary measures.

The injured were shifted to a nearby hospital.

Among the killed were two policemen, the source said adding that the gunfight was still going on there.

The Taliban-led insurgency has been rampant since mid-April when the militant group launched a yearly rebel offensive against Afghan security forces.

The Taliban urged civilians to stay away from official gatherings, military convoys and centers regarded as the legitimate targets by militants besides warning people not to support the government. Endi