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An Afghan provincial official says at least seven Afghan guards working for a private security company were killed in the west of the country when Taliban militants ambushed a convoy carrying goods for NATO.

The convoy came under attack in the Bakwa district of the western Farah province on November 24.

A spokesman for the provincial governor said the battle lasted two hours and ended after Afghan police intervened.

He says no foreign troops were involved.

Ten vehicles were destroyed in the attack.

The spokesman said he did not know if there were any Taliban casualties.

compiled from agency reports