An Afghan policeman walks outside the government district building after a Taliban attack in Khawaja Omari district of Ghazni province. Picture: Reuters
An Afghan policeman walks outside the government district building after a Taliban attack in Khawaja Omari district of Ghazni province. Picture: Reuters

20 killed in Taliban attacks in Afghanistan

By Time of article published Apr 12, 2018

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Kabul - At least 20 people including a district governor and

security forces have been killed in two separate attacks by Taliban

insurgents in Afghanistan's southern Ghazni province, officials

confirmed Thursday.

A large number of armed Taliban attacked Khwaja Omari district centre

in the province early Thursday morning, a member of the provincial

council, Ghulam Sakhi Amar, told dpa.

"Unfortunately, 14 people including the district governor were killed

and five others were injured," Amar added.

Security forces and civilian staff members are among the victims,

according to Amar.

Taliban torched the district governor's office building after

removing weapons and other equipment they could carry, Amar said.

Elsewhere Taliban ambushed a convoy of Afghan security backup forces

on the way to Khwaja Omari district in Kushk area of the capital of

Ghazni, leaving six policemen dead and three others injured,

according to Amar.

Confirming the incidents, another member of the provincial council,

Khaliqdad Akbari, said the number of casualties was probably much

higher.

"Though the district centre is back in the control of Afghan forces,

the Taliban did what they really wanted," Akbari said.

Claiming responsibility for the attacks and the capture of the

district centre, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, in a statement

said that more than 20 police had been killed in the attacks.

Three Taliban fighters were killed and four others injured, Mujahid

said.

In the past year, the Taliban have been stepping up their attacks on

district centres. In most cases, the territorial gains are

short-lived.

They are however keeping the exhausted Afghan forces engaged, causing

many casualties.

According to military sources, the Taliban are controlling or

influencing at least 14,3 per cent of the country. 30 per cent are

embattled.

Other sources see higher figures.

dpa

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