Taliban claim attack on Afghan government post, killing 18

Aaron Brown
April 13, 2018

Mohsini also said 25 Taliban fighters were killed in the gunbattle that started late on April 11 and lasted until morning. No one has yet taken responsibility for the bombing.

The militants launched the attack on the Khwaja Omari district headquarters in the southeastern province at 2:00 am in which nine intelligence officials were also injured.

"Thirty military personnel and civilians were killed".

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.

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

"All parties to the conflict in Afghanistan must do everything in their power to protect civilians from harm", said Ingrid Hayden, the secretary-general's deputy special representative for Afghanistan. A pick-up, two motorbikes and some weapons were also seized by security forces.

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Rahmani said the district is very close to the provincial capital, Ghazni city.

After a brief lull in its activities, the Taliban armed group stormed a government building in central Afghanistan early on Thursday, killing 15 people including three top local officials.

"Reinforcement troops arrived in the area after half an hour and took control of security in the area and conducted a clearance operation", Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said.

The militants killed district governor Ali Dost Shams, his bodyguards, seven police and five government intelligence agents, said Ramazan Ali Mohseni, deputy police chief in Ghazni.

"The attack is over and the district is under the control of Afghan security forces after reinforcement forces rushed to the scene following the Taliban attack", Mohseni added.

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