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At Least 13 Afghan Troops Killed In Taliban Attacks

World       by Mahmood Idrees | Published World by Mahmood Idrees | Published
Glenn Montgomery | 15 April, 2018, 01:07

The attack comes a day after Taliban fighters raided a district government compound in the southeastern province of Ghazni, killing at least seven people, including the local governor.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mojahid, in a statement to media, said the militants had taken the key parts of the district including the district and police headquarters.

He said the Taliban forces set buildings on fire but left the area by daylight.

The Khwaja Omari district's administrative head was killed in a predawn assault by the militants. He said eight government security forces were wounded.

"Afghan civilians continue to suffer, caught in the conflict, in ways that are preventable; this must stop now", said Ingrid Hayden, the United Nations secretary-general's deputy special representative for Afghanistan.

The district governor Ali Dost Shams was killed in the attack along with 15 security force members and civilians.

Ghazni's Khawaja Omari district was considered one of the province's safest districts.

Earlier on Thursday, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reported an increase in the number of civilian casualties from Taliban attacks as well as Afghan and foreign troops in the first three months of this year compared to the same period last year.

"In the attack, three mujahideen were martyred and four others were wounded".

Shaker, said a roadside mine and a rocket hit a vehicle carrying police reinforcements sent to the scene, killing the police commander.

The insurgent group's spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid said that after the attack in Khuja Omari - not far from the provincial capital also called Ghazni - all security posts in the district were under Taleban control.

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