Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Afghanistan: 25 Taliban killed in attack on govt compound

Afghanistan: 25 Taliban killed in attack on govt compound

Police state Taliban fighters assaulted an area chemical from central Afghanistan overnight, murdering no less than six authorities security forces in lots of hours of fighting.

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 Taliban has laid siege to several major cities in the years since North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces ended combat operations...

The Taliban then torched the district headquarters, he said.

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.

Afghan officials often give conflicting casualty figures immediately after an attack. Later, the Taliban left the headquarters and government security forces returned.

Afghan Parliament member Mohammad Arif Rahmani said the district governor, intelligence service director and a deputy police official were killed in the attack, as well as 15 security forces. The province is reportedly under Taliban control.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the raid, saying more than 20 members of Afghan security forces were killed and several others wounded.

The Taliban usually announce the launch of a spring offensive in April.

The Taliban is under pressure to take up President Ashraf Ghani´s offer of peace talks but so far the group has not responded directly to the proposal.

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