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BBC reporter among dead in Afghan suicide attacks

The BBC says one of its reporters has died in an insurgent attack in Afghanistan that killed at least 17 people.

The BBC says one of its reporters has died in an insurgent attack in Afghanistan that killed at least 19 people.

The broadcaster said that Ahmad Omid Khpolwak was killed in Thursday's suicide attack in the southern Uruzgan province.

Afghan authorities said the attack left at least 17 people dead.

BBC said the stringer was 25 years old and joined the network in 2008.

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the trio of attacks Thursday on the governor's house, police headquarters and a third office used by a well-known private security company official in Tarin Kot, the capital of Uruzgan province.

Afghan security forces responded to the scene and NATO coalition forces provided air support as fighting continued, said U.S. Air Force Capt. Justin Brockhoff, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition.

Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi told The Associated Press that a total of six suicide bombers conducted the attacks.

Initial reports said seven explosions went off, but it was not clear what caused them all, provincial spokesman Milad Ahmad Mudasir said.

Dr. Khan Agha Miakhail, the director of the hospital in Tarin Kot, said those killed included 10 children, one policeman, two women and three men. He says 37 others have been injured in the fighting, which continues.

Khpulwak was in a local radio and television building when it came under attack, Peter Horrocks, director of BBC Global News, said in a statement.

The Taliban spokesman called the AP to express sadness over the death of the journalist and accused pro-government forces of killing him.

"He was not our target," Ahmadi said. "We were fighting the headquarters of the police."