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Afghan district governor among 7 killed in Taliban attack

Taliban Vows to Keep Fighting US 'for a Century' Afghan district governor among 7 killed in Taliban attack
Steven Clarke | 15 April, 2018, 01:03

Several militants were also killed and wounded during the gun battle, but their number could not be exactly specified as the militants evacuated their casualties after the fighting, according to the report.

The district is close to the provincial capital, Ghazni city.

The militants had vowed to take revenge over an Afghan air strike last week in an area controlled by the group in the northern province of Kunduz. Rahmani said the attackers planted mines to stop reinforcements from coming to help the government forces fend off the attack. He added that the checkpoint was eight kilometers (five miles) from the district center.

The Taleban stormed a government compound in central Afghanistan early on Thursday, triggering an hours-long gunbattle that killed 15, including three top local officials, before they drove Afghan forces out.

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

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The province of Ghazni is located south of Kabul lying along a key route.

The Taliban controls large swaths of Ghazni, a strategic province near the border with Pakistan.

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

Officials say the Afghan Taliban fighters attacked security forces right after a roadside bomb attack in Herat's Shindand district, wounding many and escaping with their weapons.

. Moseni said the government reinforcements later joined the fighting.

Shindand district governor Shukrullah Shakir confirmed the casualty figures.

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