Afghan District Governor Among Those Killed In Taliban Attack

World       by Mahmood Idrees | Published

World by Mahmood Idrees | Published

According to Tolo News, the militants attack the Governor's residence, killing the latter along with seven other security personnel.

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

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 Taliban has laid siege to several major cities in the years since North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces ended combat operations...

However, officials said the Taliban set fire to the district governor's building. The Taliban planted mines to prevent government reinforcements from coming to help and quickly took responsibility for the attack.

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The Taliban controls large swaths of Ghazni, a strategic province near the border with Pakistan. Mujahid gave a higher casualty figure among the Afghan forces, which the Taliban often do, and a significantly lower death toll among the insurgent attackers. Later, the Taliban left the headquarters and government security forces returned.

He said eight Taliban, including a notorious commander, were killed in the overnight raid.

The attack was one of the deadliest by the Taliban in several weeks and comes as the militants prepare to launch their annual spring offensive, which marks the beginning of the traditional fighting season.

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