Published: Sat, April 14, 2018

Afghanistan: 25 Taliban killed in attack on govt compound

Afghanistan: 25 Taliban killed in attack on govt compound

Taliban militants over-ran a district in Afghanistan's Ghazni province today, killing more than a dozen people including the district's governor before retreating, a police official said.

"Five National Directorate of Security operatives, Khwaja Omari district governor and seven police force members were martyred (in the attack)", he added.

He also confirmed the government's statement that the assault killed three top local officials - the district's governor, intelligence chief and deputy police chief.

Shaker said that a number of officials were killed after a Public Order Police vehicle stepped on a roadside mine.

Shaker explained Taliban had been murdered. however, it's not yet determined exactly how many. He blamed the Taliban for the attack although no group immediately claimed responsibility for it.

The Taliban then torched the district headquarters, he said.

Fighting in Afghanistan traditionally increases in the spring when warmer weather melts snow blocking mountain passes, increasing the mobility of the insurgents. The militants also shelled rockets on the soldiers, killing them.

That included 763 deaths and 1,495 injuries, marking a bloody start to the year.

The casualty figures are impossible to independently verify because of the remoteness of the area. Fifteen security forces were killed. However, Moseni has also claimed that 45 Taliban were also killed and eight members of the Afghan security forces were wounded.

President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack and said it was carried out by "Afghanistan's enemy", a reference to the Taliban.

"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.

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