Afghan official: Taliban hit court in east, kill policeman

An Afghan official says Taliban gunmen have attacked a court building in eastern Ghazni province, killing at least one policeman.

Jawed Salangi, spokesman for the provincial governor, says a suicide bomber launched the coordinated attack by blowing himself up at the court's entrance, after which three other attackers stormed the building on Wednesday.

He says two of the attackers were killed by security forces while the third is believed to remain inside the building. Salangi says police are also attempting to defuse an explosives-packed vehicle parked near the courthouse.

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack. The insurgents have increasingly targeted Afghan judicial workers since the government executes six convicted Taliban members last month.

The Taliban have waged war on Kabul since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion toppled their regime.