Insurgent attack in Afghan west kills 44 people

HERAT, Afghanistan - A complex insurgent attack in western Afghanistan on Wednesday killed 34 civilians and 10 members of the Afghan security forces, local officials said, one of the biggest assaults in the country in recent months.
Nine militants strapped with explosives stormed the governor's compound in Farah province, bordering Iran, where a trial was being held into Taliban fighters, governor spokesman Abdul Rahman Zhwandai said.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.