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Six Afghan Police, Two Taliban Killed In Attack

Women registering to vote in Afghanistan (file photo) 8 September 2005 -- Afghan officials say six Afghan policemen and two suspected Taliban insurgents were killed today after militants attacked a police post in southern Afghanistan.

Interior Ministry spokesman Lutfullah Mashal said the causalties occured after rebels loyal to the ousted hard-line
Islamic regime attacked the post in Muqur, a district of Ghazni Province in southern Afghanistan.

Mashal said one suspected militant was arrested alive. The Taliban, who were driven from power by U.S.-led forces
in late 2001, have vowed to disrupt the country's first parliamentary polls in three decades on 18 September.

In a separate incident late yesterday, police say armed men opened fire on Safia Siddiqi, a woman standing for the
elections in eastern Afghanistan. She was not hurt but three of her supporters were wounded.