Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Afghan district governor among 7 killed in Taliban attack

Afghan district governor among 7 killed in Taliban attack

The militants killed district governor Ali Dost Shams, his bodyguards, seven police officers and five government intelligence agents, he said.

Government forces retook control of Khawaja Omari district, one of the most secure regions of Ghazni province, from the Taliban just hours after the group attacked state buildings and offices early Thursday morning, local officials confirmed.

Rahmani said the Taliban planted mines to stop reinforcements from coming to help the government forces fend off the attack. He said 25 Taliban were killed.

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

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the raid, saying more than 20 members of Afghan security forces were killed and several others wounded.

The Taliban controls large swaths of Ghazni, a strategic province near the border with Pakistan.

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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.

The total number of civilian casualties in the January-March period reached 2,258 - nearly unchanged from the same period in the past two years, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said.

Nangarhar police spokesman Hazrat Hussain Mashraqiwal told Pajhwok Afghan News security forces targeted an insurgent hideout in the Mia Sahib locality of Hesarak district late on Wednesday.

As the Taliban faces growing pressure to take up President Ashraf Ghani s offer of peace talks, the United Nations called on "all parties" to do more to protect civilians.

"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.

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