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Afghan official: Taliban attack troops, 3 civilians killed

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan official says three civilians were killed and four wounded after they were caught in the crossfire of a Taliban attack on troops south of the capital.

Halim Fidai, governor of Logar province, said Afghan troops were ambushed Friday while conducting a military operation near a mosque in the Baraki Barak district.

He says local people who had gathered at the mosque to cook a charity meal were caught in the crossfire, adding that it is not clear which side shot the civilians.

He says the wounded have been taken to Kabul for treatment.

Taliban insurgents have been active across much of Afghanistan this year, testing the capacity of government forces fighting alone since the conclusion of the international combat mission at the end of last year.

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