Insurgents attacked government offices including a provincial court and a private bank in western Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least seven people and injuring more than 50 others, officials said.

The assailants, some wearing suicide vests, began attacking several governmental offices including a courthouse and the local attorney general’s office at 9 am (0430 GMT) in Farah city, the provincial governor’s spokesman said.

“The attackers shot their way into several offices after a car bomb was exploded next to these buildings in the city centre,” Abdul Rahman Zhowandai said.

He said that three civilians, two policemen and two soldiers were killed in the assault.

“At least 37 other civilians and 13 army and police personnel were wounded,” he said.

Police and soldiers have been conducting an operation, Mr. Zhowandai said, adding that one of the attackers was hiding in a building and fighting with troops.

Six gunmen were shot dead by security forces, according to officials.

Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi claimed responsibility for the attack.

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