Taliban attacks government compound in Afghanistan, 18 killed

Charlene Craig
April 13, 2018

Fourteen people including a district governor were killed in a Taliban attack in Afghanistan's southeastern Ghazni province Thursday, the head of security for the province said.

Scores of militants struck the compound in Khwaja Omari district at about 2am, scaling the walls with ladders and overwhelming the government troops inside.

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The Taliban denied local official reports that 50 of the assailants had been killed after the arrival of government reinforcements. The Taliban has laid siege to several major cities in the years since North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces ended combat operations...

The blistering attack in the Khuja Omari district was the latest insurgent assault in Ghazni province, which is now largely under Taliban control. 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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Provincial officials said on April 12 that police and intelligence officers were also among those killed in the overnight raid on the Khwaja Omari district headquarters in Ghazni Province. However, Moseni has also claimed that 45 Taliban were also killed and eight members of the Afghan security forces were wounded.

The casualty figures are impossible to independently verify because of the remoteness of the area. The province is reportedly under Taliban control. Fifteen security forces were killed.

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