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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Taliban fighters attacked a police security post in Afghanistan's central Ghazni province, killing eight local policemen, while four intelligence officials died in an ambush by insurgents in the north, Afghan officials said Thursday.

In northern Parwan province, the attackers sprayed the intelligence officials' vehicle with automatic gunfire.

Arif Noori, spokesman for the Ghazni provincial governor, said the attack on the police there happened the previous night. He said the insurgents attacked from four sides using heavy weapons, including artillery, killing eight policemen and wounding a ninth during a two-hour attack.

Government reinforcement reached the area too late to stop the attack, Noori said.

Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman for the Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement. He said one policeman was captured in the assault,

In the Parwan attack, district governor Abdul Shookor Qudosi said the attack took place in Bagram as the officials were returning home from work on Wednesday. Four insurgents converged on the vehicle, Qudosi said, killing everyone inside.

No one immediately responsibility for the Parwan attack but the Taliban operate in the area.

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