Afghan District Governor among 15 killed in Taliban attack
15 April, 2018, 01:10 | Author: Mable Gonzales
Taliban militants captured a district in Afghanistan's Ghazni province near the provincial capital early on Thursday and killed more than a dozen people including the district's governor, a police official said.
Also overnight, suspected Taliban militants attacked several police posts in eastern Paktia Province, leaving at least three police dead, according to Gul Agha Roohani, the province's police chief.
The violence comes a day after the United Nations said more than 700 civilians had been killed and almost 1,500 wounded in Afghanistan in the first three months of 2018.
A member of the provincial council, Ghulam Sakhi Amar, said the attackers torched the district governor's office building after removing weapons and other equipment.
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"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.
Mohammad Arif Rahmani, a lawmaker has said the district governor, intelligence service director and a deputy police official were among those killed in Thursday's attack.
Ground engagements between militants and security forces accounted for 30 percent of civilian casualties in the January to March period.
Fighting went on for about three hours until fresh troops were deployed to the district and the Taliban escaped from the area. Rahmani said the attackers planted mines to stop reinforcements from coming to help the government forces fend off the attack. Nine other security personnel were also wounded. However, Moseni has also claimed that 45 Taliban were also killed and eight members of the Afghan security forces were wounded.
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