Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Taliban Kill a Governor and Overrun a Government Compound

Taliban Kill a Governor and Overrun a Government Compound

Government forces retook control of Khawaja Omari district, one of the most secure regions of Ghazni province, from the Taliban just hours after the group attacked state buildings and offices early Thursday morning, local officials confirmed.

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.

Khwaja Omari also lies close to Ghazni city, raising fears of an assault on the provincial capital.

"Afghan civilians continue to suffer, caught in the conflict, in ways that are preventable; this must stop now", said Ingrid Hayden, the Secretary-General's Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan. The attackers planted mines to prevent government reinforcements from coming and quickly took responsibility for the attack.

President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack and said it was carried out by "Afghanistan's enemy", a reference to the Taliban.

Mohammad Arif Noori, a spokesman for the governor of Ghazni Province, said that Taliban insurgents attacked the government compound of Khwaja Umari district.

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

Officials say the Afghan Taliban fighters attacked security forces right after a roadside bomb attack in Herat's Shindand district, wounding many and escaping with their weapons.

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"After the attack the forces called for air support and 27 Taliban were killed during the airstrikes and clashes", it added.

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

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