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District governor among 15 killed in Taleban attack in Afghanistan

Taliban Kill a Governor and Overrun a Government Compound Taliban attacks government compound in Afghanistan, 18 killed
Lisa Bryan | 15 April, 2018, 01:09

Herat provincial governor spokesman Jailani Farhad said that two armoured Humvees were destroyed in the attack in Shindand district, adding the Taliban also seized weapons and ammunition during the raid.

He said the Taliban forces set buildings on fire but left the area by daylight.

"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.

A pre-dawn attack by the Taliban on a government compound in southeast Afghanistan has left at least 15 dead, including several intelligence agents and the local governor, as the Islamists open their spring "fighting season".

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

He said 25 Talibans were killed in the attack.


Mohammad Arif Noori, a spokesman for the governor of Ghazni Province, said that Taliban insurgents attacked the government compound of Khwaja Umari district. Fifteen security forces were killed.

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

Earlier on Thursday, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reported an increase in the number of civilian casualties from Taliban attacks as well as Afghan and foreign troops in the first three months of this year compared to the same period last year.

"Five National Directorate of Security operatives, Khwaja Omari district governor and seven police force members were martyred (in the attack)", he added.

"In the attack, three mujahideen were martyred and four others were wounded".

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