Afghan District Governor Among Those Killed In Taliban Attack

Afghan District Governor Among Those Killed In Taliban Attack

Afghan District Governor Among Those Killed In Taliban Attack

Earlier on Thursday, Taliban militants stormed a district in Ghazni province, killing more than a dozen people including the district's governor before retreating.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman for the Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack in Paktia in a text message sent to the media.

Taliban insurgents overran a government headquarters in southeastern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing a district governor and at least six guards, officials said. The district centre, however, is still in government hands.

He said eight government security forces were wounded in the fighting.

There were also fatalities among the Taliban attackers, Shaker said, but it was not clear how many.

Taliban said they have captured the district, a claim that was rejected by the local police officials, the TOLO News said.

The province of Ghazni is located south of Kabul province, the seat of the country's capital, Kabul, and lies along a key route. Travel by road between Kabul and Kandahar province, a traditional Taliban heartland, is considered risky because of large swaths are now under Taliban control.

Interior Ministry officials said that apart from Ali Dost Shams, the district chief, 14 other security forces were killed in the attack, but Arif Rahmani, an MP from the province, and Nasir Ahmad Faqiri, a member of the provincial council, put the loss of civilian officials and security forces at 30.

The violence comes a day after the United Nations said more than 700 civilians had been killed and almost 1,500 wounded in Afghanistan in the first three months of 2018. Shindand governor Shukrullah Shaker explained a Senate mine and a rocket struck an automobile taking police reinforcements to the spectacle, murdering the authorities commander.

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