Taliban militants clashed with security forces following a car bomb blast at a government compound in northern Afghanistan yesterday, killing ten people and wounding dozens more, officials said.
The attack took place at a government facility in Samangan province's capital Aybak close to an office of the National Security Directorate, the main intelligence agency.
"It's a complex attack that started with a car bomb," said Mohammad Sediq Azizi, a spokesman for the provincial government. The attack ended after four gunmen died following clashes with Afghan security forces, he added.
Abdul Latif Ibrahimi, Samangan's governor, said ten security members were killed and 54 people, including civilians, were wounded.
In a statement, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.