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

The official also asserted that 40 militants were killed and injured in the firefight. No one has yet taken responsibility for the bombing.

Taliban militants attacked on Thursday a district in Afghanistan's Ghazni province near the provincial capital in a pre-dawn raid that left more than a dozen people, including the district's governor dead.

"Thirty military personnel and civilians were killed".

Fighting went on for about three hours until fresh troops were deployed to the district and the Taliban escaped from the area.

Afghan officials often give conflicting casualty figures immediately after an attack.

"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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Quoting provincial police statement, the report said that the incident happened at about 2:00 am local time after Taliban insurgents attacked the district governor's compound and police check posts. A pick-up, two motorbikes and some weapons were also seized by security forces. The Taliban planted mines to prevent government reinforcements from coming to help and quickly took responsibility for the attack, said Mohammad Arif Rahmani, a lawmaker in the Afghan Parliament.

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

"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", Mohsini added.

Ramazan Ali Moseni, deputy chief police in Ghazni province, said seven killed were police officers and five were members of the country's intelligence agency known by the acronym NDS were also killed.

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

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