in Afghanistan say 11 suicide bombers attacked government buildings in the
eastern town of Khost, killing at least nine people in the blasts and the
gunbattles that followed.
Another 16 people were wounded in the assault that began Tuesday morning when
attackers struck the governor's office and a municipal building. Assailants
there took several hostages.
Officials say U.S. and Afghan forces later stormed the building, where they
killed three insurgents and rescued the hostages unharmed.
The Taliban has claimed responsibility, saying it sent 30 attackers, including
suicide bombers, to strike the town. A large U.S. military base is located in
In other news, the U.S. military has accused the Taliban of using white
phosphorus, which causes chemical burns, in attacks in eastern Afghanistan.
The U.S. military on Monday declassified documents showing at least 38
instances in which militants used white phosphorus in attacks or white
phosphorus weapons were found in stockpiles.