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Arif Noori, spokesman for the provincial governor, said today the attack happened the previous night.
He said the insurgents attacked from four sides using heavy weapons, including artillery, killing eight police and wounding another in 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, and said nine local police were killed and one other captured in the attack.