Taliban Kill a Governor and Overrun a Government Compound

World       by Mahmood Idrees | Published

At least 11 Afghan police personnel have been killed and four police wounded in a gunfight and an ambush attack in western province of Herat, reported local media Tolo News TV on Friday.

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

The attack in the Khuja Omari district was the latest insurgent assault in Ghazni province, which is now largely under Taleban control.

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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.

Mohammad Arif Rahmani, a lawmaker has said the district governor, intelligence service director and a deputy police official were among those killed in Thursday's attack.

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.

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Ground engagements between militants and security forces accounted for 30 percent of civilian casualties in the January to March period.

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

On Thursday morning, the Taliban stormed a government compound in the central province of Ghazni, triggering an hours-long gun battle that killed 15, including three top local officials.

Deputy police chief of Ghazni Ramazan Ali said 50 Taliban militants were also killed in the clash.

Around 45 insurgents were also killed and several others wounded, he said, adding: "Taliban have set alight the district office complex, but reinforcement arrived at the district and now the situation under control".

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