Taliban attacks Afghan district compound; at least 18 killed
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.
The pre-dawn attack on Khwaja Omari, one of the few safe districts in the province, involved scores of militants who burned down the district building after the attack 120 km to the southwest of Kabul.
The Taliban on Thursday afternoon had stormed a government chemical in a middle province, tripping an hours-long gunbattle that murdered 1-5, comprising three top rated officials.
Taliban militants captured a district in Afghanistan's Ghazni province near the provincial capital early on Thursday and killed more than a dozen people including the district's governor, a police official said. The attackers planted mines to prevent government reinforcements from coming and quickly took responsibility for the attack. The Taliban used heavy weapons, he said.
The district, where an Afghan air force base locates, has been the scene of clashes recently. Nine other security personnel were also wounded.
Two armored Humvees were destroyed in the attack in Shindand district, Farhad said.
The Taliban controls large swaths of Ghazni, a strategic province near the border with Pakistan.
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. He said Taliban fighters had killed about 20 Afghan security force members.
Shindand district governor Shukrullah Shakir confirmed the casualty figures.
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