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KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Taliban militants attacked a municipal building in the city of Khost in eastern Afghanistan Tuesday, fighting pitched battles with U.S. forces and taking hostages, U.S. and local officials said.
A U.S. military spokesman said the city -- a hotbed of Taliban activity near the Pakistan border -- is not considered secure as reports of running battles, kidnappings and fatalities surface.
The U.S. military spokesman said U.S. troops killed several militants but had to fall back.
He said a U.S. quick reaction force, backed by helicopters, from a nearby base was called to join ground troops entering the city.
The spokesman said additional suicide bombers then entered government buildings, killing an unknown number of additional Afghans.