Five suicide bombers dressed in police and army uniforms and armed with machine guns stormed a branch of Kabul Bank in Jalalabad on Saturday, initiating a stand off with security forces that lasted several hours.
Also in the restive east, NATO announced it would sent an assessment team to Kunar province to investigate allegations by the governor that coalition forces killed more than 50 civilians during operations over the past few days.
"Thirty eight people were martyred which includes 21 security forces personnel and 17 civilians" in the bank attack, interior ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary told reporters on Sunday.
Another 71 people were wounded, most of them civilians, he said. Jalalabad is the capital town of Nangarhar on the border with Pakistan.
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