Taliban seize district in Afghanistan's Ghazni province

15 April, 2018, 01:09 | Author: Bert Pena
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He said 25 Taliban were killed.

Abdul Shukoor Qudusi says the driver was wounded in the explosion late Wednesday night, which set several shops in the area on fire.

A member of the provincial council, Ghulam Sakhi Amar, said the attackers torched the district governor's office building after removing weapons and other equipment.

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.

"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.

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Afghan Parliament member Mohammad Arif Rahmani said the district governor, intelligence service director and a deputy police official were killed in the attack, as well as 15 security forces. The attackers planted mines to prevent government reinforcements from coming and quickly took responsibility for the attack.

Meanwhile, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the rebels overran Khwaja Omari and killed several security officials, including the district chief.

Ghazni's Khawaja Omari district was considered one of the province's safest districts. Nine other security personnel were also wounded.

The violence has been on rise as Afghan security forces struggle against a surge in attacks by anti-government fighters since the drawdown of foreign forces within the past three years.

He said that 14 people including the governor were killed in the district itself, and that the Taliban then ambushed a relief force as it was leaving the provincial capital of Ghazni City, killing six police officers.

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