Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Afghan district governor among 7 killed in Taliban attack

Afghan district governor among 7 killed in Taliban attack

Taliban militants over-ran a district in Afghanistan's Ghazni province on Thursday, killing more than a dozen people including the district's governor before retreating, a police official said.

Meanwhile, Taliban militants have confirmed the fight and claiming they have captured the district headquarters of Khawja Omari district. The Taliban has laid siege to several major cities in the years since North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces ended combat operations...

Lawmaker Mohammad Arif Rahmani said the attack early today morning in Khuja Omari district killed the district governor, intelligence service director and a deputy police official.

"Our mujahideen have confiscated weapons and ammunition", Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said. Travel by road between Kabul and Kandahar province, a traditional Taliban heartland, is considered risky because of large swaths are now under Taliban control.

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The militants killed district governor Ali Dost Shams, his bodyguards, seven police and five government intelligence agents, said Ramazan Ali Mohseni, deputy police chief in Ghazni. 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.

"Reinforcement troops arrived in the area after half an hour and took control of security in the area and conducted a clearance operation", Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said. The province is reportedly under Taliban control.

The Taliban is under pressure to take up President Ashraf Ghani´s offer of peace talks but so far the group has not responded directly to the proposal.

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