Afghanistan: 25 Taliban killed in attack on govt compound
15 April, 2018, 01:07
Taliban militants captured a district in Afghanistan's Ghazni province near the provincial capital early on Thursday and killed more than a dozen people including the district's governor, a police official said.
"They (Taliban) came and set fire to the district governor's office, killed 30 people, took some equipment of the district with them". He said eight government security forces were wounded.
"Afghan civilians continue to suffer, caught in the conflict, in ways that are preventable; this must stop now", said Ingrid Hayden, the Secretary-General's Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan.
According to Associated Press, the blistering attack in the Khwaja Omari district was the latest insurgent assault in Ghazni province.
Mujahid gave a higher casualty figure among the Afghan forces, which the Taliban often do, and a significantly lower death toll among the insurgent attackers.
Rahmani said the district is very close to the provincial capital, Ghazni city.
Shaker, said a roadside mine and a rocket hit a vehicle carrying police reinforcements sent to the scene, killing the police commander.
Taliban militants stormed security checkpoints with guns and rockets in Larzanak locality, Shindand district late Thursday, killing 10 policemen, the report quoted district Governor Shukrullah Shaker as saying. Nine other security personnel were also wounded.
Deputy provincial police chief Ramazan Ali Mohsini said among those killed were Ali Dost Shams, the district governor, seven police officers, and five members of the National Directorate of Security, the country's main intelligence agency.
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