Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Afghan district governor among 7 killed in Taliban attack

Afghan district governor among 7 killed in Taliban attack

Taliban guerrillas attacked a district headquarters in Afghanistan's Ghazni province on Thursday, killing its administrator along with at least 14 others, officials said.

Mohsini put the death toll at 13, including the governor, police and intelligence officers, adding scores of Taliban fighters were also killed but that could not be immediately confirmed.

Anti-government elements also continued to direct attacks against the minority Shiite community, with 154 of its members killed or wounded, "nearly all from suicide and complex attacks" claimed by ISIS, the report said.

"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 in the Khuja Omari district was the latest insurgent assault in Ghazni province, which is now largely under Taleban control.

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Residents of Damascus, the capital, woke to the sounds of multiple explosions shaking the city before the dawn call to prayer. Russia's ambassador to the U.S. responded by saying the attack on its ally "will not be left without consequences".

Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman for the Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack in Paktia in a text message sent to the media. Only three rebels were killed and four others wounded, he added. Rahmani said the attackers planted mines to stop reinforcements from coming to help the government forces fend off the attack.

Rahmani said the district is very close to the provincial capital, Ghazni city.

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.

He said eight government security forces were wounded in the fighting.

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

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