Taliban attack Afghan district compound

Hugh Fox
April 13, 2018

At least 25 Taliban terrorists and 18 others, including 15 security force personnel were killed in an attack on a government compound last night.

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

The militants launched the attack on the Khwaja Omari district headquarters in the southeastern province at 2:00 am in which nine intelligence officials were also injured. The Taliban has laid siege to several major cities in the years since North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces ended combat operations...

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On the other hand, 12 villages were cleared of fighters during an ongoing operation in the Nijrab district of central Kapisa province, police spokesman Mohammad Ayub Yousafzai said.

The province of Ghazni is located south of Kabul lying along a key route. Travel by road between the capital and southern Kandahar province, a traditional Taliban heartland, is considered risky because of large swaths that are now under insurgent control.

Deputy provincial police chief Ramazan Ali Mohsini said among those killed were Ali Dost Shams, the district governor, seven police officers, and five members of the National Directorate of Security, the country's main intelligence agency.

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Mr. Noori said the attackers used heavy weapons and destroyed the district government building, killing all but four of the guards on duty in the early morning hours.

"The attack is over and the district is under the control of Afghan security forces after reinforcement forces rushed to the scene following the Taliban attack", Mohsini added. Fifteen security forces were killed.

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