Afghan District Governor among 15 killed in Taliban attack

Posted April 13, 2018

A spokesman for the Taliban, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed responsibility for the attack, which he said killed 20 police officers.

Taliban militants attacked on Thursday a district in Afghanistan's Ghazni province near the provincial capital in a pre-dawn raid that left more than a dozen people, including the district's governor dead.

Afghan officials say at least 15 people have been killed, including a district governor, after Taliban militants attacked a district government compound in southeastern Afghanistan.

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Ordinary Afghans are increasingly in the crosshairs of militants, a United Nations report showed Thursday, with the number of civilians killed or wounded in attacks deliberately targeting them more than doubling in the first quarter.

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.

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.

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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 planted mines to prevent government reinforcements from coming to help and quickly took responsibility for the attack, said Mohammad Arif Rahmani, a lawmaker in the Afghan Parliament.

The militants killed district governor Ali Dost Shams, his bodyguards, seven police officers and five government intelligence agents, he said.

Nine other security personnel were also wounded.

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