Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Taliban seize district in Ghazni province

Taliban seize district in Ghazni province

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. The district governor, Ali Dost Shams, 30, and six of his guards were killed.

"All parties to the conflict in Afghanistan must do everything in their power to protect civilians from harm", said Ingrid Hayden, the secretary-general's deputy special representative for Afghanistan.

The attack comes a day after Taliban fighters raided a district government compound in the southeastern province of Ghazni, killing at least seven people, including the local governor.

The district is close to the provincial capital, Ghazni city.

His claim could not be independently confirmed and the government did not immediately respond to it.

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"Our mujahideen have confiscated weapons and ammunition", Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said. Only three rebels were killed and four others wounded, he added.

Quoting provincial police statement, the report said that the incident happened at about 2:00 am local time after Taliban insurgents attacked the district governor's compound and police check posts. Fifteen security forces were killed. The Taleban planted mines to prevent government reinforcements from coming to help and quickly took responsibility for the attack.

Ghazni's Khawaja Omari district was considered one of the province's safest districts.

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

The district governor, Shukrullah Shaker, said a roadside mine and a rocket hit a auto carrying police reinforcements sent to the scene, killing the police commander.

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